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Hi, i'm 13 from UK, i'm writing my first story, well short story. it's about 15 pages long so far but i'm not sure whether it'll be long enough. it's about two people who fall in a deep river and get sucked to the bottom and into another world. what do you think? got any ideas?

Thanks From Tom!

Hello Tom,

So young to be writing- I am impressed. You have a good head start on the craft.

Stories are two categories: short stories and stories.

Write. Just write it thoroughly. Don't worry about word count or number of pages as you write.

Generally speaking, short stories range from 1000-3000 words. Stories range from 3000 and up. Maybe up to 4-5000. Then it becomes what is referred to as a "novella."

The story idea is great and holds a lot of fantastic potential to be a novella or novel.

You shouldn't have any problems with length. 15 pages is not that much per se. If you are writing it on a computer in a word processor such as Word, MS Works, etc. do a word count to let you know how much so far.

But, I wouldn't worry about that at this point. You might get a good novella out of it and a lot of online magazines and sites want novella submissions.

Good luck, and if I can help you further, feel free to ask my anything.

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