I’m looking forward to an upcoming Zoom call where I get to plot a novella collection with two other authors. This is one of the funnest parts of my job.
It’s as if I’m as a flight attendant on a trip from Seattle to Portland. The plane goes up, then the plane comes right back down, and the seatbelt sign never turns off. No drinks served. No trash to pick up. No unlocking the lavatory. I’m just here for those who wanna get away.
Like an overnight trip, novellas are quick and give writers the freedom to explore. For example, Becky Wade has a novella compiled completely of letters. And Melissa Tagg has a Christmas novella with a narrator who speaks directly to the reader to sum up events. Because these stories are so short, they are often compiled in collections that have holiday themes or shared characters or they follow a trinket that’s been passed down for generations.
One of my collections included multiple vacations along the Oregon coast. I absolutely loved writing Finding Love in Seaside with three friends who simultaneously penned stories about the bridesmaids of my runaway bride. In my novella, the heroine called each of my coauthors’ characters, so rather than have to make up what their bridesmaids were doing at the time (or what they would say), I just texted my writer friends to ask. They’d fill in the blanks for me.
I’m excited to write this new collection with more friends, and I decided to celebrate by listing the top ten things readers love about novellas. Thanks to all who shared the following quotes:
- I enjoy novellas because often they are prequels or epilogues to stories I enjoy. -Melissa Lemaire
- I also like novellas that are a part of the series that feature a minor character who maybe would not get his or her own book otherwise. -Gretchen Michels Garrison
- I love novellas because they are short and you can read them in a couple of hours if you don’t have a lot of time to read. -Allyson Anthony
- As one of those who can’t fall asleep until a book is finished, a novella would ensure a better night’s sleep! -Amy Walsh
- Sometimes I just need a commercial break, so to speak, from regular life or from more intense reading I’m doing. -Tristen Rae Small
- Sometimes I want something like me…short and sweet. -Rebekah Rhoades Begg
- Sometimes I want to take a week-long trip to a faraway destination with a friend. Sometimes I just want to have tea and chat for an hour or two. Same thing with reading – I’m not always in the mood for the massive, epic, extended adventure of a novel. Sometimes a nice little afternoon outing with a novella is just the thing. -Mary Schlegel
- The comparison of a well-written novella to a well-written novel is like the comparison of a well-baked cupcake to a well-baked tiered cake. A novella can have all the needed ingredients and the full, satisfying flavor and substance that a “bigger” book has, just in a compact size that gets the job done in one serving. Yum! –Nadine C. Keels
- I love the promise of the theme-like Christmas or first dates. -Kelly Thorn Scott
- In December, sometimes you need to get your Goodreads count up for your reading challenge. -Jane Lebak
If you’re like Jane and need to up your Goodreads count in December, I’ve got some great news for you. My new novella collection will come out for Christmas 2023!!!
We Three Kings follows a family of billionaires through generations as they make their fortunes from gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Please come join my facebook fan group so you can help me plot too! The more, the myrrh-ier. (Yeah, I said it. 😜)
What do you love most about novellas?