Writing a Novella

The novella is an old literary genre finding a renewed and newfound popularity with authors and readers. Too long to be a short story and too short to be a novel, the novella can be a great storytelling tool. Here are a few of the novella’s attributes:

  • It has fewer conflicts than a novel
  • It has more complicated conflicts than a short story
  • It is rare for a novella to have chapters though there are dividers
  • It is more focused on emotional and personal development
  • It requires great descriptions to maintain quality

A novella can serve multiple purposes, but a good one is that it can tell the parts missing from a novel as in a character’s back story or the story following the story. Because it is not a novel, it can serve as a standalone that supports a novel or novels in a series.

Though shorter than a novel and longer than a short story, novellas require skill to make the reading experience seamless and enjoyable. Imagine giving your readers something they can enjoy and savor in a single sitting with a cup of tea in a relaxing chair.

You can find novellas in both hard copy and e-book. Search Amazon for novellas written by some of your favorite authors. Here is a short list:

Homecoming a Holiday Novella by Beverly Jenkins

Home for the Holidays by Rochelle Alers

Cupid’s Error by Joy Avery

If you have some titles, please share them in the comment section. Also, let me know if you read novellas.


One thought on “Writing a Novella

  1. I love reading novellas and want to write one (or some) one day. Michelle Stimpson has some great titles also. Great post Patricia!

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