As I continue working on A New Era, at present a collection of short stories about a disaster that almost destroys the world, the thought that I should change it to a novel to intertwine a few of the characters throughout the book, nags at the back of my mind.
I already know how painful the process is, after all I changed Incantation Paradox from first person, Dolores’s point of view, to third person limited, just so I could explore Eric’s mind, the villain of the story. The process would be painful because I need to figure out what characters I want to string along the entire novel. Next, I would need to change many of the stories to fit the character or characters I want as the protagonists of the novel. A lot of work!
The real question, though, is will it make the book a stronger and better story?
For Incantation Paradox it did give me a better and stronger story with diverse and interesting characters, but the nature of these two novels is very different.
To do it, or not to do it… I keep pondering…
Do you prefer reading a novel or collection of short stories? and why?