It took me years to understand the difference. In grammar school, I remember distinguishing the Novel from the short story. Novels took forever to read. In high school, at first, I equated novellas with a very long short story. As I grew and completed a mail writing course, along with writing adult education classes, and began writing in earnest, I learned, hands-on, the difference. Even that subtle difference between a novella and a novelette. The novel – 40,000 words and up. The novella – 30,000 to 40,000 words. The novelette – 20,000 to 30,000 words. The short story – 1000 to 20,000 words. and The short-short story – 500 to 999 words. Flash Fiction – 1000 words These are, of course, approximations that overlap each other. Or what I have learned from textbooks and googling definitions on line. For myself, I prefer writing between novella and novelette. Steering the writing car to keep it from veering off the road, I let my story’s characters determine the length of the road and the miles needed to complete their adventure, romance or whatever genre their story falls into. In effect, I let them write the story. I translate their tale into written words. I guess I’m sort of the overseer. I know, these latter sentences sound like fantasy. But whether writers realize it or not, it’s our subconscious that creates the story via our conscious mind. No, we’re not crazy. It’s just a fact of life. Like our dreams during rem sleep. My book, Blossoms in the Snow, a deeply sensitive, inspirational and emotional romance, traverses between a novelette and novella. But that’s how long it took for Dot and Theo to unfold their story. A young woman who believes in miracles … a young corporate lawyer who does not believe in God … a very special saint. A miraculous journey into love. Do you believe in miracles? http://www.amazon.com/Blossoms-Snow-Inspirational-Paula-Freda/dp/1456310674/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428768492&sr=8-1&keywords=Blossoms+in+the+Snow+-+Paula+Freda My novelette, a contemporary romance, Welcome Home, Amy, took less mileage. http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Home-Amy-Paula-Freda-ebook/dp/B001OQCMBO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428769258&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Amy%27s+Homecoming%2C+Paula+Freda My short story, a contemporary romance, The Offering, was a short sensitive ride. http://www.amazon.com/Offering-Paula-Freda-ebook/dp/B001OW5LAC/ref=sr_1_41?ie=UTF8&qid=1428769571&sr=8-41&keywords=Paula+Freda I’m sure most of us already know the differences I’ve outlined. But for those who don’t, I hope the above was helpful. All the best, and peace of mind and spirit. :-) My stories appear at amazon, smashwords, barnes and noble, apple, kobo, among others.