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When do I know when to stop?

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Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:03 am
SirTobes says...

When do I? I
Don't want
My story to
Too long
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Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:26 am
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RacheDrache says...

The short, unhelpful answer is: stop when it feels right.

That means relying on your story instincts. Don't rush things, don't drag things. When the story's complete, end it. If it's not yet been told, don't end it. But don't kid yourself into thinking it's not over yet either and writing onward just because you don't want it to end. And don't jump the gun and end it too soon either.


More concrete advice would just be to write the story, and worry about where to end it later. You can always trim off. But there has to be something to trim first.
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Rosendorn says...

^ Seconding Rach above me. You really have to look at the pace of your story, but, in the end, a story is finished when a story is finished and there is no right answer.
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Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:28 am
bluishkillersama says...

stop when you think that it is enough [for a certain chapter]
you should not tell everything at once...

make reservations for the next ones...
and continue it until you finish it's plot...
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