I’m a big fan of a well-told short story. I think that it’s the limited word count that impresses me the most. When you can tell a good story in under 2-10,000 words, that’s just magic. It’s even more impressive when you see someone write a story in even less. I still get chills from the six-word stories: “For sale, baby shoes. Never worn” from Ernest Hemingway is just amazing. My stories tend toward much longer word counts by comparison. The Toothfairy clocks in at about 2800-ish words. Art and Artisans (the whole thing) clocks in at nearly 6000.
This is where the blog becomes challenging. I would love to put the entirety of Art and Artisans on, in one shot. But the issue is: it’s a wall of text. Most blog readers would rather not see a wall of text. This – to answer the question I received on the matter – is why I’ve broken the story into three parts.
Is there a magic upper/lower limit for a word count on a blog post or page? A point where the reader is just overwhelmed? Perhaps. Well until I hear differently I’ll try to keep my posts to sub-2000 words.