The difference between short stories and novels
Hello guys, I want to ask here about the thing that differentiates a short story from a novel?
I mean, is it just length? And if it is, what is the difference then between a long short story and a short novel or a novella? And what is the maximum length of a short story and the minimum of a novel?
I heard that novels deal with longer time and more situations than short stories, but I also know some novels that take place in less than 24 hours. And here arises a new question; does a short story have to focus on one situation only? And should a novel be stuffed with minor events and characters if it had one main events that is to say, the climax?
I would be really thankful if anyone can answer me.
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