But before you do that, give some thought to what you have to say and what your ideas might become.
Below are parameters by length and other less tangible variables.
Lore has it he collected $100 after betting $10 per person to ten enraptured friends that he could draw tears from his short story of merely six words: “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” Whoever would have guessed you have so many choices to choose from to launch your story into orbit around the literary sphere.
The Short Story The classic short story runs between 35 words.
Not every book need be a Tolstoy , is equally powerful and enviable.
You needn’t be Tolstoy or Hawthorne or Steinbeck to express your ideas, though you might well follow their lead.
An occasional evening, a lazy Sunday, regular commuter flights.
Then there’s the insatiable who can devour a whole opus like weightless caramel corn, reading between every crack in day or night until the last page is turned.
That’s the length because, traditionally, the short story was intended to be consumed at a single sitting nurtured by a coffee, tea, or nip.
For this reason, it is common for short stories to run in commercial magazines and get bound into anthologies with their brethren and sisters.