The only difference between a novel and a short story is alength.a You still have to create the characters, develop the plot line, and make things work together so that the reader becomes part of the storya]just like in a novel. Each story has its own identity: love, fear, justice, truth, faith, etc. These stories run the gamut. Novels often have unnecessary, peripheral information or dialogue that could be removed without damaging the plot or characters. These stories were carefully created. Now the only thing to look forward to is my next book.