What’s the difference between Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, short stories, short-short stories, and flash fiction? Here’s one writer’s opinion.

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. Welcome Home Amy - desktophttp://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. The_Offering772AD5E2_1http://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.


About dorothypaula

Come into my world of adventure, romance, inspiration, nostalgia, science fiction and fantasy, time travel, and the paranormal, and sensual clean romances (rated "G" and "PG"). You will find it all in E-books and Paperbacks by Paula Freda. http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/dpfenterprises.com/ Paula Freda, homemaker, mother of two grown sons, and former off-the-desk publisher of a family-oriented print small press, (1984 thru 1999), The Pink Chameleon, that she now publishes on line, was raised by her grandmother and mother, and has been writing for as long as she can remember. Even before she could set pencil to paper, she would spin her stories in the recording booths in the Brooklyn Coney Island Arcades for a quarter per 3-minute record. She states, "I love the English language, love words and seeing them on display, typed and alive. A romantic at heart, I write simply and emotionally. One of my former editors kindly described my work, '...her pieces are always deep, gentle and refreshing....'" Among the print publications in which her work has appeared are D'Youville Poetry Anthology, Clover Intl Poetry Competition, Small Press Writers & Artists Org. (SPWAO) Showcase II 1984, Nom de Plume, Labyrinth (1984), Harlequin Digest (a quarterly sent to Harlequin book subscribers during the 1980s), The Sacred Heart Messenger, Standard, Affaire De Coeur, Mid Island Times (hometown newspaper). On line, Peridot Books, The Romantic Bower, Romance and Beyond, and Alternate Realities. During February 2001 she taught an online class on writing at Topica.com. From 1985-1994 she coordinated writers clubs at two of her local hometown libraries. She further states, "I love writing, despite that I still have much to learn, and am grateful to any editor who takes the time to help me improve my skill. Although I've no fancy that I will ever be famous, or even want to be, my hope is that my writing will bring entertainment and uplift the human spirit. If someday in the future, someone reads my work and feels the better for it, then I have fulfilled myself."
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