Story Length

I like to condense stories to what I consider to be their optimum length, but won’t go below that threshold to make something fit into someone else’s definition of a category, such as “Flash Fiction versus “Short Story.” I’m not suggesting I’m correct or that my stories are at optimum lengths in the view of anyone but me, but I write for myself, trusting my creations will attract readers who share similar tastes or biases. It is my literary way of staying true to myself instead of trying to conform to the expectations or definitions of others.

I also sometimes change my mind, going back to edit stories after they’ve been posted, or even published. I’m continuing to evolve as a writer, and it’s not uncommon for me to revise a story several times over the years.

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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3 Responses to Story Length

  1. ksbeth says:

    this makes perfect sense to me, russ. and i think it’s a good approach. writing is fluid in my opinion.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, beth. I appreciate that you have become one of my most consistent readers and commenters. You even took the time to read my 7+ page story. I’m grateful for your support and friendship. Thank you!

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