So, You Want to become a Writer: 4 Novella Writing Essentials

Writing is especially difficult if you’re not well-read or have a well-spring of ideas and experiences to pull from. If you want to become a writer, you’re going to have to extend your content to well beyond 100k words, or a shade below. If you want to write a novella, however, that’s a unique thing.

Writing from the Heart

Novellas give a storyteller more space for clear, concise content and less for an epic. If your story idea is short and sweet, then read on:

Plot, POV, and Idea

The plot and POV of a novella usually affords a single story being told. With a single idea, as well, the plot has to be simple and straight to the point; POVs are almost usually told from the storyteller’s perspective; and the idea of the story doesn’t allow for a series of stories.

A single tone of voice or style

With just a single point of reference or origin, novellas are easy to write because you don’t have to shift speeds, so to speak; it only uses one tonal modality and sticks to it. The same goes for style. Rarely does a novella support different styles, at the most, it can support two but that’s rare.

A marathon to the end

There’s a reason why novellas are popular with people—a lot of people rarely have time to read long-winded stories. What they crave for are fast-paced books that they can read on the ride home. With the pace and conflict of a novella, they will be done reading by the time they step on the doorstep home.

A united idea

With the idea, plot, and pace being what they are, a novella has to be united from start to finish. That what makes it a fast read—especially if everything in the novella is well-tied up.

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A Good Start

If you’re a budding writer, you can do novellas for a start. With the structure being what they are, you’ll get a good practice in crafting a story that’s cohesive and entertaining to read. It can also be an avenue for you to write stories that are what you truly want to tell.

If not now, when: 4 Tips to Writing a Novella and Writing it now

Novellas have found a new home nowadays. It’s easier to write and maintain stories because of the Internet. It’s a breeding ground for new ideas and there are platforms that cater to the novella style of writing. It’s an ideal form of publishing a story that’s been brewing around your head for years, even more so now that it’s easier to reach a readership.

Strike While the Iron is Hot

There are websites—Wattpad and fan-fiction sites—that cater to the novella style of writing. Publish or not, here are some reasons why it’s fast becoming a well-loved writing form:

A New Idea Each Write. Writing a novella can be fun, but it’s especially fun if you can write a different story each time. Novellas are short and sweet and can be finished in one sitting. It’s an especially great way of writing if you’ve got ideas bursting to come out.

No Need to Publish. This means you can worry about publishing yourself—novellas are pretty simple and straightforward, and the Internet provides you with another avenue to publish your work. You can choose to save money by going online or at least try your hand through a self-published, soft paperback form.

Creating a World. A novella is unique, and that uniqueness extends to creating a world of your own. Maybe you have an idea that is too big to contain in one novella; maybe there are a set of characters whose stories you want to pursue in a world of your creation. Whatever the reason, novellas can help you create a world and a group of characters.

A Quick Read for Online Readers. Like previously mentioned, novellas have become even more popular especially with readers of the online variety. With its fast-paced form and shorter word counts, novellas are a hit among the eReading crowd.

A Story of your Own

Are you ready to start writing your own stories? What ideas would you explore in a novella? Whatever the reason, writing your own story has become easier with novellas. Let those ideas out of your head and into the world!

Novella Boot Camp: 5 Ways to Write a Kick-Ass Novella

Each one of us has a story hidden away inside of ourselves. With the advent of novella writing and online fiction, people like you and me have managed to find an outlet in which to express themselves. However, how can you properly express yourself, not only so you can write a story, but so you can write a story properly?

Consider these tips and find out whether that idea has a chance to be turned into a story.


It’s an essential process of any creative endeavor. Do you have a story or a picture you want to turn into literature? You can create a world or character if you’ve got a pen and paper by your side, a quiet place, and ways to relax yourself so you’ll be able to write your ideas clearly.

Create tension, no matter how impossible.

Some of the greatest ideas come from near-impossible things. Mostly, you’re going to be writing fiction and not fact; the area for imagination is limitless in fiction. Don’t be afraid to think up impossible things to create a good plot or create uniqueness in your story.

Create a clear picture.

Novellas are notorious for their being straightforward. It’s a lot easier, then, to create stories where characters are simply aggressive or notoriously passive and aggressive at the last moment. That, perhaps, could be where you can get your tension or conflict.

Create a world that’s vivid.

Novellas are also breeding grounds for painting a clear picture so vivid you won’t mistake it for anything else. With its fast-paced creation, the avenue for creating a story with heart-pumping action and everything else in between is open.

Tie it all up.

Once you’ve had everything written down, and your ideas are clear, it’s time to put them together. What comes out is possibly a story that you’ll either love or hate.

There you have it—the story that’s been struggling to get out of you. You have to have a clear idea and a story to turn into a novella first. If you’ve got that, everything else just follows.