Just a short story or more...?
I have notebooks full of ideas. There are characters to develop, plot lines to pursue, synopses summed up in either pages or a mere paragraph, and most of them are untapped.
However, as I delve into one of these ideas, I often come across the same problem. Are these ideas worthy of an entire book or just a short story?
I would say the majority of my ideas are birthed as short story plots, but sometimes, after I finish such a thing, it seems like a waste to have used a great idea on a 3000 word piece.
I was recently working on a book. I didn't have a clear idea of everything in the plot, but I knew the message I wanted to get across. Said book has since been abandoned, (albeit temporarily).
At the same time, I was working on a short story. A short story I had figured out from front to back, and that has now turned into a novel with endless possibilities, and a message that wasn't ever originally in the short version, which was just meant to be an entertaining piece of fiction.
Do any other writers often turn short story ideas into complete books? How do you know how much potential your idea has? I'm sure the process is different for everyone, but I'm curious to hear some responses.
"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing." -Benjamin Franklin