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By: Novel Now

Learning how to write a novella is excellent preparation for writing your first novel. It is great preparation even if you are an experienced author because it enables you to work out charactersand themes more extensively than a short story does. Writing a novella gives you helpful scaffolding for an expanded and more detailed book or series. Read on for a definition of the novella and 6 essential tips for writing one:

Defining the novella

The novella is a work of fiction that is longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. The acclaimed author Ian McEwan describes the novella as ‘the perfect form of prose fiction’.  McEwan suggests that the average length for a novella is ‘something… between twenty and forthy thousand words, long enough for a reader to inhabit a world or a consciousness and be kept there, short enough to be read in a sitting or two and for the whole structure to be held in mind at first encounter.’

Writer’s Relief extends the upper word count limit of a novella, saying ‘The exact word count is not set in stone: 30,000 to 60,000 words may be an appropriate length.’ Whichever word count range you take as your guide, there are several important ways in which novellas differ from standard-length novels. These give rise to several crucial tips:

1. ‘The architecture of the novella’: Structure your novella expertly

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