When it comes to writing, I'm a sprinter. I've always written short. The words spill out of me so fast it's almost shorthand. I hit save and go back later in a more leisurely fashion to make sure whatever emotions or descriptions I'm depicting are not too skimpy. For me that's how I write, even a full length novel. I wrote my first Novella longhand and my hand cramped from trying to keep up with my brain. That first Novella eventually became a full length book, at great personal angst. Back then Novellas were not the norm. But things keep changing in this crazy storytelling business.
These days, I'm once again embracing the Novella. I've done a few now and it's extremely satisfying to craft a complete story in a smaller package. I hope readers agree.
This world of our has turned into soundbites and videos and tweets, and it seems people's attention spans are shorter because of it. For those who want a story they can inhale in one setting, the Novella fits the bill.
Not to be confused with a book report, the Novella is an art form unto itself, featuring fully developed characters with flaws, goals and dreams. The story has a beginning, a middle, and a happy-ever-after ending once the characters resolve their conflicts.
I know some writers find the idea of a Novella torturous, but for me it's just another form of storytelling. One that gives readers even more choice.