It's happened again. Someone just read a short story of mine, and reviewed it by saying it would make a good book.
Sorry, guys, but that's insulting. It's my work, and I make the determination of format, genre and language. That's like coming to my house for dinner and telling me you like my lasagne, but I should have served roast beef. What the hell!
I am very careful not to tell a writer how his/her story should be written. Helping each other out by spotting errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling and word choice is one thing. I appreciate that. But I have had reviews that suggested so many or such drastic changes, I would have been taking dictation for someone else's story if I had made them. If you don't like the way I wrote my story, go write your own.
Please don't be insulted by my response, and I won't be insulted by your suggestion. JP
While I agree with the sentiment that one should let the author tell the story they way they want, I think a comment that a story could be turned into a novel is relatively benign. In fact, the novel I just published, “Mysterious Ways”, started as a short story here. Many of the reviewers suggested it could be a novel, which got my mind percolating. I’m grateful for the suggestions.