Here is a fun idea for the wordily challenged: stop doing all of these silly novels, and do Novellas? Fun fun. I like this.
Sooo….. where do we start?
A novella has generally fewer conflicts than a novel, yet more complicated ones than a short story. The conflicts also have more time to develop than in short stories. They have endings that are located at the brink of change. Unlike novels, they are not divided into chapters, and are often intended to be read at a single sitting, as the short story, although white space is often used to divide the sections.
Ah, even better. The stress and lengthy plot holes are no longer the enemy. I tend to think my stories are more suited for a short form, because I like to just write what I need. Okay, so where did Jessica get the idea for this new tangent?
An innocent little thread suggesting a much more tame literary goal and more art. I think this may be just the vacation and kick in the shins we’ve been looking for! *clasps hands*
The length of a Novella [you just want to capitalize that word every time you type it, don’tcha?] varies depending on what Literary Snot you reference. Short stories are typically 2,000 to 8,000 words; whereas a Novella is considered anywhere up to 40,000. Pretty much frees up a lot of rules, doesn’t it? Though getting too short–flash fiction, that is–might take away the whole point. Anyone can write a 700 word scene. Anyone can write 12 of them in a year, unless they are REALLY creatively challenged.
So think on this, and who knows? Maybe we can make our own little unofficial club, putting together nice little vignettes of excellence, looking maybe-not-as-snottily over the manor common at the Wordsmiths that type Epics at the snap of a greenbean.
On a side note, there may be a Reader’s Book Awards 2012 and Post-NaNo Teen Blog coming soon… keep a orb out for that!
….Don’t ask me where a Novelette fits into this, okay?
Peppermint Hugs, -Jessie