Novella ~ Who?

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.

Flash Fiction

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.

Short Story

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.


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:

Treasure Under My Umbrella

Well, the novella is finally edited, I do apologize for the delay. Unfortunately, I was pressed into sending the script out again for some revisions.

So, what do you think?

  1. What do you think Officer Mitchem’s fate should be?
  2. How will Asheré respond to Xiulan’s surprise?
  3. Will Darnell and Morgana form a working relationship?
  4. Should the driver accept Chandler’s proposition?



Short Story, Novelette, Novella and Novel

Short Story, Novelette, Novella and Novel, as an aspiring writer it pays to know the difference between the different types reading material for whatever it is that you are writing. Short Story, Novelette, Novella and Novel ~ each can play havoc with your expenses, especially if you’re looking for editing services.

I’m one of those flies by the seat of your pants writers, so when I focus on a plot ~ I just go write and go wherever my mind takes me until I’ve exhausted the theme. Unfortunately, I’ve tried three times to write a short story and failed each time. This is after I’ve trim lined the text, reconstructed sentences and cut out scenes. One of these days I’ll hit it on the head but so far all I’ve been able to come up with are Novels.

Most readers think of books in terms of page count, but depending on the font and the size of your text the printed word that could range anywhere between 150 to 875 words on a page. So just using page count is not the most accurate way to measure the length of your work. A more accurate range of measurement as a standardized method would be word count. The publishing industry has been the only driving force in determining the standardized manuscript measurement to be 250 words per page. Now we as Indie Publishers have managed to work outside of the proverbial box and in doing so have created and resurrected variations of style. 21st Century ~ Ebooks, Mass market paperbacks, Trade paperbacks and Hardbacks word count varying all over the place. 

Length Variations as per Gendre

Science Fiction Writers of America ~ Nebula Award Standard:

  1. Short fiction ~ under 7,500 words
  2. Novelette ~ 7,500-17,500 words
  3. Novella ~ 17,500-40,000 words
  4. Novel ~ 40,000 words and up 

Short Mystery Fiction Society ~ Derringer Award Standard:

  1. Flash story ~ Not more than 1000 words
  2. Short story ~ 1001 – 4000 words
  3. Long short story ~ 4001-8000 words
  4. Novelette ~ 8001-17,500 words

So when I’m looking for a Proofreader/Editor, I make sure to let them know beforehand what they will be editing. There are different prices for each type of book that you are writing. Don’t let them box you into a generalized category, search for a quote that reflects your length of work.

The best measure of length is word count, authors should start placing word count in the descriptions of their stories, it will help readers to determine whether they have time to invest in the reading not to mention make Short Story, Novelette, Novella and Novel household names in the world of the reading and writing.