Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Do you like it long or short?


Well, do you like it long or short? You may be scratching your head and saying, well that’s it, she’s finally lost what’s left of her brain. What I mean is reading. Do you like a long novel or a short easy read?

I was reading a post yesterday about a study done on how many actually finish a long novel. It intrigued me. I started thinking about all the books that I’ve started and they were good up to a point, then about 100 or so pages in I lost track of where the book was going. But then later I pick it up and finish it on a rainy day.

I’ve written long and short books, but I get the better response from the short ones. Amazingly enough a lot of people prefer a short, easy read that get’s to the heart of the story quickly and keeps them enthralled for a couple of hours. Several publishing sites actually have a special segment of publishing call short reads or lunch time reads.

When I was younger the craze was the long novel and now it seems the shorter the better. I was going through some new books on the other day and over half of them were less than 10000 words. Amazing.

I guess that’s why my shorter novels sell better. Funny isn’t it. We’ve gotten to such a busy way of life that we’ve even shortened our reading time. Oh, we still make time for reading, but we want to do it in record time so we can go out and get busy again. Oh well, I’ll just write what I feel like I need to get my stories across and hope it passes the test. 

So, let me ask again, Do you like it long or short? See I told you it wasn’t a crazy question…

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

Author: stephaniehurt

Stephanie Hurt lives in Georgia with her husband Tommy and their son Hunter, along with two dogs, Daisy and Jake. When Stephanie is not lost in one of the worlds that she creates, she's an accountant and children's minister. She has been writing the stories that fill her mind since she was a teenager. The moment a story comes into her mind, she's mesmerized and soon she's diving into the story with a cup of hot green tea and a notebook. Before long, the story has bones and is ready for the laptop. She happily types away in the early morning and at night. You can always find her with a notebook full of stories that have yet to come to life. Follow her journey in each of her over 40 published works! Stephanie Payne Hurt loves to hear from fans and hopes that she's helped them go to another world for at least a while! Connect with Author: Twitter: Email: Website: Facebook: Sign up for my newsletter at to keep up with upcoming events and new releases.

4 thoughts on “Do you like it long or short?

  1. I think I like shorter books too.

  2. How short are we talking? Because I believe a story has to be at least 50k words to be considered a novel. In that case … you know, I do like short reads from time to time, but on the whole I think I prefer longer reads. And that’s purely because once I find a story and a world that I’m invested in, I want the experience to last as long as possible. Shorter novels are fun and quick, but I just don’t get as INTO them as a long novel, know what I mean?

    • I totally understand. It’s a place and time thing for me. If I’m on a vacation I really get into longer novels and sometimes I just want to read a shorter maybe 10 to 20k words.

  3. I’m in the short camp. When I was younger, I enjoyed long reads. I savored the story and surroundings and hated to see a book end. I don’t have the attention span I used to, I guess. 🙂 I wanted my books to be considered a novel rather than a novella, so I definitely went to 50k words. It was lucky for me that that they all seemed to fall naturally into that range.

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