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Novels or Short stories?

Should I write short stories or novels? Many beginning writers have this question on their minds. Mostly, this is because many people believe that short stories are for beginners and novels for professionals as if the novels are the “real thing”.


There isn’t a strict rule about how or what you should write. The most important thing for you to know is what each one of those things means, in practice.

Short stories

Short stories are, without a doubt, the easiest way to experiment with your writing. You can easily try different things, grow your personal voice and develop your own writing techniques, without losing too much time on each of those.

This is good for any author! You can be a best-seller, acclaimed writer and even so, find yourself wanting to experiment and try out new things. So what? It’s important for development, finding your way through a new genre, creating good characters, and so many other things that will improve your writing prowess.


Writing a novel is a completely different experience. It demands lots of time, focus, and commitment from you.

Differently from the short story, you don’t know everything from the beginning, it’s more-so an open work where things will be changing on occasion, even whilst you’re writing. It’s also very good for practice, it just takes a lot more time than a short-story, which can sometimes mean a whole lot of frustration if things end up not exactly as you had envisioned or don’t have the expected outcome.



It happens to any writer, having an idea yet not knowing if we should write and develop it as a novel or a short story. Let me tell you: it doesn’t matter. Start writing, organizing your ideas and you’ll sooner than you realize, know which way you want to take it.

The most important rule is to read. If you want to be a good writer, you must read, a lot. A whole lot. And if you already know the genre you’d like to write in, choose stories or novels in that genre. Learn as must as you can and let your creativity flow through your words.

An Artist? Yes, but professional

There was once a time where an artist was that a weird person, who did strange things, especially in seclusion. The incomprehensible one, sometimes drunk, sometimes crazy, but always different, in a way. Well, the meaning of different depends on other people’s eyes, but if you want to be taken seriously, you must be serious and be perceived as such.

Being a writer, or any other kind of artist is hard and you have so much competition (some of which you aren’t even aware of), so you must be professional, polite, respect schedules and above all else, be productive. Just do whatever it is you do, the best you can and then, try to become even better at it.

A professional writer

The way your text is presented is important. If you already had the opportunity of proposing an idea for a book, for example, without the need of having the whole story written down beforehand, you’re a lucky one, so, try to be professional and give it your all, the best you possibly can. Be detailed. Be passionate. Be more than your publisher or manager expects. Always!

Everything matters, the font, the font-size, the photos or imagery if applicable, everything will send a message about how professional you are. Use that in your favor.

Explore possibilities and use your intuition in the first drafts, but remember, these ones are meant just for your eyes. You need something more elaborate, and again, professional, for show, to publishers or editors. Use your ability to analyze and criticize your own work, as much as possible, and polish it the best you can, before sending it out to any publisher.


Learn, learn and learn some more

You can be some kind of genius and yet, still not know everything there is to know about a given subject you have interest in. If you were a doctor, you would be learning more things, newer things, all the time, in order to be a better doctor and help more patients. The same rules apply to other professions as well, so why not to a writer? It’s the only true way to becoming a better writer… studying and learning.

Learn a lot about the language you write in. Try to study it and learn as much as you can. Learn how to organize your work and your desk and workspace too. Every single detail can make the difference.

Do not disturb!

A writer usually works from his own home, which makes it difficult for him or her to avoid being interrupted all the time. This is especially true if you have any children, but writing needs concentration and discipline, so you must try to keep your focus.

Negotiate with your family in order to get some time alone, just for writing. No matter how small the amount of time you will have, it’s better than hours upon hours without any focus. Turn off your phone, close your browser and just let the words flow.


1. O livro pode ser exposto para venda em diferentes sítios. Sem ela, apenas teria uma página de título.
Já lá vai o tempo em que a capa era apenas reflexo do capricho de quem comprava o livro e cuja principal função era proteger as páginas que cobria. Actualmente, uma capa diz muito sobre o livro e o autor.

2. Possibilita demonstrar visualmente, qual o género do livro.
Uma boa capa transmite imediatamente o género que livro que temos à nossa frente, podendo atrair mais facilmente o nosso público-alvo.

3. Pode mostrar imagens que são importantes no livro (uma personagem, um lugar, um objecto).
Muitas vezes, uma capa acaba por se tornar num símbolo marcante, associada a uma determinada obra ou autor e a um período histórico.

4. Ajuda a que o autor se destaque da concorrência.
A partir dos anos 20, a capa tornou-se numa forma de promoção do livro, num meio que se tornou mais e mais competitivo. Os livros são actualmente como outros tantos produtos, alvo de desejo, na nossa sociedade de consumo e uma capa colorida e chamativa apela ainda mais a esse espírito.

5. Demonstra profissionalismo.
Uma boa capa passa uma imagem profissional da obra e do seu autor, podendo transformar-se numa forma de potencializar a venda do livro.

6. Pode transmitir o sentido da história. (É triste, alegre…?)
A capa deve transmitir o espírito do livro, revelando um pouco daquilo que o leitor pode encontrar e instigando-o a descobrir o resto, adquirindo a obra. Deve funcionar como uma espécie de sinopse visual do livro.

1. You can display your book for sale in plenty of different places. Without it, you only have a title page.
A book cover is no longer just something an owner, on a whim, wants, in order to protect the paper inside. Nowadays, the cover can, and often does, say a lot about the book and its author.

2. You can let people know, visually, what genre your book is.
A good cover shows, or lets through, almost immediately, the genre of the book, easily attracting your audience, pulling them in.

3. You can display images that are paramount to the book (a character, a place, an object, etc.).
Many times, a cover ends up being a striking symbol of a specific book or author, or even a historical period.

4. You can stand out amongst your competition.
Starting in the 20’s, the cover became a way of promotion, in an environment that only got more and more competitive as time went on. Currently, a book is, like many other products, an object of desire in our consumer-based society, and a cheerful and appealing cover stimulates that drive even more.

5. It is a display of professionalism.
A good cover shows a professional image for the book and its author, enhancing the book’s sales numbers.

6. It can convey the sense of the story. (Is it sad, cheerful…?)
The cover should convey the book’s spirit, revealing a bit of it to the audience and making the potential reader get curious and want to discover more, possibly acquiring the book. The cover should, when masterfully done, work as a visual synopsis of the book.