Can you say that to your own fictional creation?
I started this vampire story with the intention of it being a short story, but here I am, more than 10,000 words into it and I’m not done yet. I still have more I want to do with these characters, more I want to say. Do I turn it into a novel? Can you work on two novels at the same time? Or should I just start cutting away, burn it in the crucible, reducing it down to its base elements, like an alchemist trying to turn lead into gold? I know as I start revising I’ll be adding more detail, digging a little deeper into characters, expanding descriptions. I’m not sure how much I can cut and keep it in tact. But that’s the thing about short stories, isn’t it? They teach you to write tight, no unnecessary verbiage. Hmm, should I do both with this thing? Keep going and work it into a novel, but also write a short story (or stories) starring my vampire?
Ok, so maybe I’m a little obsessed with it just now. If I can write it well enough to get others obsessed with it as well, I shall be well pleased. (And no, this is not a Regency era/Jane Austen setting. I will not be responsible for “Sense and Sensibility and Vampires”. Although now I think of it, Willoughby’s estate at Allenham might be a good vampire hangout…No! No, I can’t do it. Heresy!).
P.S. I read the Anne Rice short story, The Master of Rampling Gate, and have to say I was very disappointed in it. The opening was good, I liked her descriptions, there was a really chilling scene (seriously, I had goosebumps), but the ending fizzled. It really did not live up to the promise of the opening. It’s almost like she gave up, or got bored with it.