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Posted on October 7, 2011

A good question and an impossible one to answer. It should be as long as it needs to be, and no longer, would be the facile answer; trouble is, the writer is often the person least qualified to judge that. I read too many books in which the story has been told and then the author feels the need to write a few more pages about what happens to every major character, so that the story seems to end at least half a dozen times. It engenders a feeling a boredom and detracts from one’s overall enjoyment of the book. It is yet another reason why no single person writes a story; until the story has been read, it is just words on a page, and all but meaningless.

Tags: boredom, Judging how long the story should be