Hello everyone! I’m back from my holiday and it was fantastic to get some time away. However, it’s taken me a little longer to get back into the swing of things. Fortunately Nick was willing to help me out by writing a guest post. His collection: A Change of Mind and Other Stories is part of this month’s giveaway. For more info about the giveaway please click here.
Please welcome my buddy and wonderful guest, Nick Wilford.
Reasons why Novellas are Great
- Depending on the story, a novella can be more intense than a full-blown novel. There isn’t that much room for sub-plots – which I love, don’t get me wrong – but you’re likely to be spending most of the book with just one or two core characters, and if you’re invested in their fate, then you can’t stop turning the pages. For a slow reader like me, a novella is more likely to be devoured in one sitting.
- You get to go into that little bit more detail than a short story. I liken writing a short story to trying to cram all your crockery and cooking utensils into a dishwasher. It can probably be done, but it’ll require a few attempts, things are likely to be jammed in at odd angles, and something is bound to get broken. I love writing short stories, but novellas just give me a bit more room to breathe and explore those characters a bit deeper. Of course, you should still polish to make sure your novella is as tight as possible.
- When it comes to publishing, it’s much easier to get attention for your novella since the dawn of self-pub. Traditional publishers usually have minimum word counts; they want a big book, especially from an unknown author. Self-publishing allows for unlimited experimentation in terms of word counts and formats. You can publish a series of novellas, or release them all together. Your novella can consist of a series of flash stories linked together, a phenomenon I’ve recently heard about.
- For a reader checking you out for the first time, a novella is a manageable length for them to see if they like your style, without committing to the possible weeks or months needed for a full-length novel.
- It’s a good bridging point if you’ve only written short stories, but want the satisfaction of having your name attached to an actual book. There are novelettes too, although debate rages about the exact parameters of each.