Could it be that a novel is nothing more than a collection of themed short stories bound by fillers? Is there other ways of composing a novel? It seems to me that the best ones are many stories that bind together. Each 'short' is ended with a 'mini cliffhanger' that causes you to continue reading on. When composing it isn't necessary to be linear. Write a story, Write a Story, Write a story... Bind them together with filler details. :working: Or, Is there more to it than that?