Fiction Secrets: 5 Tips To Write A Novella Fast
“… It’s fun to write a novella, because you can finish your story quickly and get it published
You may be wondering… what’s a novella?
Novellas are short fiction. Novellas are too long to be short stories, and too short to be novels. So they’re an ideal length for today’s readers who want stories they can read quickly.
I think of novellas as overgrown short stories, and write them at anywhere from 15,000 to 40,000 words.
Write a novella, and sell it — fast
Did you know that when you write a novella, you can make as much income as you can writing a novel?
I asked a couple of self-publishing authors who specialize in short fiction how they priced their novellas — did they price them lower than novels? Both said that they invariably priced their novellas at either $2.99 or $3.99. They added some of their novellas to KDP Select, some they didn’t.
What you do with your novellas will vary according to what you want them to achieve for you.
For example, if you’re writing a series, you could write a novella as a lead-in to the series, and price it at 99 cents. The hope is that you’ll get readers hooked on the series.
Now let’s look at some tips to help you to write novellas confidently.
1. Start with the story question: what’s at stake?
The story question is also known as the narrative drive; it’s what powers the novella.
I talked about narrative drive here:
What will the surgeon do? Will she choose her family, or the prime minister? Who will live, and who will die? That’s the story question. It powers the narrative — it’s the narrative drive.
The story question is the point of the story; in a mystery, will the sleuth unmask the killer, in a thriller, will the hero overcome the terrorists and save thousands of lives? …
2. Create characters, but keep your cast small
When you’re writing a novella, keep the cast of characters small. You haven’t the space for a tribe.
On the other hand, if you’re writing a novella as a prequel to a series of novels, you may add in a couple of characters you don’t strictly need, because they’ll make an appearance in your series.”