Ok Budding authors, new insights, high ambitions. Then why is it a novel every time? Maximum authors from India starts his/her debut with novels. Why is that so?
It is not always that you have to write a novel to depict your story. You have novella and novelette as well. I am 19 years old and I started my writing career with a novelette, “Behind her.” So what actually novella or novelettes are-
For that let’s understand what actually novels are. What are the books which are considered as Novels, Novella or Novelette?
It is totally the word count which determines it. The length of a novel is to a large extent up to its writer, lengths may also vary by sub-genre; many chapter books for children start at a length of about 16,000 words, and a typical mystery novel might be in the 60,000 to 80,000-word range while a thriller could be well over 100,000 words.
A novella is a work of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. When It comes to novella word count it 17,500 – 40,000 roughly. Above which it is considered as a novel.
But when it is below 17,500 words starting from 7,500 words it is considered as a novelette. My book had 13,283 words. Which gradually made it a novelette.
Many authors don’t prefer to write a novella or novelette because new authors have a broad view which makes them uncomfortable to directly stick to point. Novella and novelettes main theme is that you have to depict a whole story in a limited frame of words.
At the same time writing short stories in India is a bit difficult surf google saying – ‘ Novelette writers in India’ and you can the see the results. Authors write cause they read. But when you have no resource then you are helpless. When I was in the way of publishing my novelette what I experienced is a way different from normal novel writers.
Yes, even I had a broad view but I worked hard to settle things down in a simpler way, in a more confined way. The next challenge is during a writing process. Even If you change a sentence during editing stuff you have to change a whole paragraph. This was the problem which actually I faced. The next obstacle was to complete a story in a such a way that, when readers read it they should never feel that story is lagging or incomplete in any of the ways.
I successfully overcame all these problems and wrote 3 consecutive stories in a single novelette within limited words.
Novelette or novella are tough yet easy to write. Sometimes conveying what needs to be conveyed saves a great deal of time and is also good in its own way. My novelette, “Behind Her” is one such book. I’ve written whatever that had to be written in a limited number of words and much feelings and emotions were expressed in a limited number of words.
I will list out some advantages writing a novella or novelette
1)No fear of publishers Write whatever you feel like and hit any self-publishing company. They will publish your short story. As it was tough earlier, you couldn’t be published unless you had an agent who could get you a book deal with one of the Big Six. No more now. Self-publication companies changed the era of writing or even kindle edition is always there to help you.
2) Now many prefer to read short stories with full emotions rather than a novel with 300 pages. No more now. Readers now want to read stories which relate to their life. They want to be the part of the story now. No one wants to imagine a story which never happened or will never happen them. I used this formula. My novelette resemblance the love stories of nearly everyone.
3) You can make it simple, no need to find words with the help of thesaurus or dictionary, Make it simple, make it real, make it touching. You can do magic.
Being an avid reader myself, I prefer short stories, novella, and novelettes. “The old man and the sea” written by Earnest Hemmingway is on the top of my list. It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime. One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Florida.
I’d encourage all writers to write a novella or novelette at some point in their life. For my personal experience with novelette is bizarre. Words and time worked in their own way for me. I had writer’s block but that didn’t stop me from writing. Everyone has the free will to write how much they wish to. And it is not necessary at all times that a book should have more 40,000 or 45,000 words. Most writers are always let down because they feel incapable of writing so many words. Since this not being the case, I’d like every writer out there to know that the number words and pages don’t matter it’s the essence of those words and the emotions embedded in those pages that lead a book to success.