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I recently had an idea for a short story. As I began fleshing it out, even more ideas kept bumping my head and before I knew, the framework was too long for me to pass it off as a short story.

Brevity has always been an issue with me since I started writing. Any writing exercises et al that can help?

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1) What's the "issue" you're having with brevity? Why is it a problem? 2) Okay, you have a novella. Why is that a problem? –  Lauren Ipsum Aug 29 '13 at 17:23
Yeap, I agree with Lauren. I didn't understand your doubt. Do you want to cut it to be a short novel or make it bigger? I must remember that, if you are planning to release it as an eBook, size won't matter at all. –  Psicofrenia Aug 29 '13 at 19:32
My issue with brevity is that I fail to stick to word limits. What I start off as a short story ends up as another world inside my head; so it becomes very difficult to whittle down. –  Kuchiki Byakuya Aug 30 '13 at 12:31

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As with the comments above, the creative process is all about continually improving upon your original concept. If your mind is working and you've come up with new ideas, that's great! Many people struggle to get even one idea down, so if you're thinking up lots of ideas, that's a good thing!

If you really want a short story, I suppose you need to look at what the core concept of the story is. What message are you trying to deliver, and do these extra ideas/plotlines help or hinder that main idea? Is the short story really gaining anything by having these ideas?

If the answer is yes, well that's still a good thing! It just means you've probably moved into novella territory, which isn't a bad thing at all. If you think, though, that you still want a short story (for publishing in a magazine for instance), then I'd recommend you have a look at which ideas/plotlines are really true to the core storyline and essence of the story.

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