Length of stories


#1

I’ve been told that my stories are too lengthy.
What’s perceived as too long?
My stories usually go from 3000 to 5000 lines of code. It depends on choices and branching.
I do advanced directing so that contributes to the code length.
So what’s considered long and short when it comes to line length and real time length (15 minutes etc.)


#2

I think the timing should be 10-15 minutes whether your story is 1000 lines that covers 10-15 minutes or 10000 lines that covers 10-15 minutes as Advanced coding , use of overlays and stuff contributes and take more space in the writing portal…
So the stories between 10-15 minutes are good…
Too long when its about 30 minutes long…or 25 minutes long…


#3

Well, my first 3 episodes are fairly long.
I do my episodes like chapters. So I have a lot of content to put in episodes.
I mean, better long than short right?
Readers passes won’t go to waste.


#4

I agree my episodes cross the time duration of 15 minutes…
But if you will make the episodes interesting throughout then people won’t complain about it being too long…

It what I think taking Dripping Mascara as an example…


#5

I mean, everything I implement is relative to the story line. So the length isn’t filled with pointless scenes and fillers.


#6

Then I don’t see any problem with your story being long I would enjoy a story that is 15 minutes long that is sticked to the plot line rather a story that is 2 minutes long and have countless of things that don’t relate to the story line


#7

Readers can be real finicky sometimes. You don’t want Episodes that are too short so that readers feel they have wasted a pass (like you mentioned) but having Episodes that are too long can seem to drag. There are some readers that want to be able to read an Episode over a break. Once you have established a flow, you can poll your readers on what episode length they prefer. I have done this a few times, and both times my readers preferred Episodes that are between 15 - 20 minutes long. The key is to keep it interesting. 20 minutes is a long time it is only filler material. Keep them on their toes!!!


#8

Lines don’t matter when it comes to writing. You can write 2k lines and your story is only 10 minutes long because you probably used more directing than actual dialogue. I have a chapter in my story that’s about 800 lines and it’s 10 minutes long. :joy::joy: so lines really don’t matter. Just time your story and make sure it’s between 10-15 minutes because there was a poll showing that the ideal amount of time readers would like to spend on a story is 10-15 minutes. Which I second that cus if I read a story that’s like 20-40 minutes I just stop reading :joy::joy: