It wasn’t until I began writing professionally that I discovered there was a difference between short stories and novels. So, now that I had the difference between those two down pact, the literary world decided to throw in terms like novellas and novelettes.
Novellas and Novelettes are not common, but the differences are still important and worthy to be mentioned.
The briefest of short short stories ranging from 53 – 1000 words. These literary works became the norm @ the year 2000. You can read “Monster,” by Michael Czyzniejewski.
Traditional short stories are readings that a person could finish in one day. The word count for short stories range up to 3,500 words, but no more than 7,500 words. The theme of these works usually center on a single plot, one main character and is told in either single person or third person narrative style depending upon the author. Short stories do not as a rule involve multi-plots or major twist and conflicts.
- Edgar Allen Poe ~ The Fall of the House of Usher
- Washington Irving ~ The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- Joseph Conrad ~ Amy Foster
New writing contender in the literary world. As the name implies this form of writing focused around romantic or semtimental themes and characters. Because of the fact that they are short and brief in their telling the catergory will have several volumes centering upon a central theme. The word count for a single writing can range from 7,500 words to 17,500 words.
- Gordon R Dickson ~ The Cloak and the Staff
- Conn Iggulden ~ Blackwater
Novellas have been around since the 1300’s but did not become famous enough to make any type of writing impact until the eighteenth century. They were considered to be in the genre of the short novel or the long short story. You might remember the movie A Clockwork Orange which was written by Anthony Burgess. This is just one famous example of a novella, another example of the form of fiction would be The Metamorphosis by Kafka.
Novellas can range from 17,500 words to 40,000. Looking for complicated plots, twist, conflicts, involving more than one character ~ bring it on. It will have more content than the flash fiction, short story and novelette, but less than the novel. Full blown up storyline. You can still read these written works within one day. You can still have volumes attached to this form of writing the works are usually broken up into time periods.
Readers get your reading fix here: 40,000 to 120,000 words. Science fiction, fantasy and horror can touch as high as a 1,250,000 word count. Consider this the written work of a movie production. Several characters, intricate plots and sub-plots, minor and major characters, time travel over a period of days, months and / or years. The writer addressing character growth issues, morals, judgments, personal situations, disappointments and victories. Some authors you might recognize: