Saturday, September 14, 2013

Writing and the Length of a Woman’s Skirt

     Say what?

     Yes, writing can be compared to the length of a woman’s skirt.  You want to keep it long enough to include all the pertinent information, but short enough to keep it interesting.

     The question in writing is this:  just what is that length?  An interesting phenomenon has occurred as I’ve gone from writing full-length novels (50,000 – 60,000 words) to novellas (17,000 – 20,000).  Because the length of the book is shorter, readers seem to think the relationship happened too quickly.  Despite speaking in terms of months or even years in the story until the couple considers marriage or are married, I will constantly get reviews that the relationship happened too rapidly.

     In my full-length books, the time period may span over a matter of days or weeks, but I never get comments regarding the length of the relationship on those books.  Is it because the reader has had more time reading, getting to know the couple? Maybe in the shorter stories, which only take a couple of hours to read, the reader hasn’t had enough time to fall in love.

     Another interesting point is that in books where couples go to bed together early on in the story but have not worked out their relationship yet, I don’t see reviewers commenting on how fast the relationship happened.  Curious.

     I’m not sure of the answer.  What do you think?  Leave a comment and we’ll work this out together. Oh, and by the way, share this post so we get lots of views on the subject.

Cindy A. Christiansen
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