There are many different kinds of writer and I’m not referring to style or genre. Today I’m looking at word counts. There are those of us who struggle to write more than 500 words per piece and those who once they start can’t stop. Some of us struggle to reach the word count of a novel while others struggle to restrict themselves to a ‘reasonable’ length of novel.
While word counts are not the be all and end all of a story, it’s still important to understand the different types of story length out there and understand the advantages of each one.
For those writers who struggle to tell a story in more than 40,000 words finishing a full-length novel can feel like an impossible task. Often times they will turn to the novella so as to tell their story. But writing a novella can be a bit of a minefield. There is a lot of conflicting information about them out there and this usually results in more questions than answers. Are they good, bad or something in between?
Today I want to talk about the pros and cons of writing a novella. Although before I do, I would like to stress that a lot depends on the writer, the story, and the style, as such my list below will not apply to everyone.