Novellas: the Original “Movies” & Why You Should Write One

Ania Kiplan

My passion for storyology started at a typical young age, but with a desire to do it forever. That's why before I started my true writing journey, I taught writing and reading in high school classrooms in AZ. Later, I started writing part-time toward a goal of being published. All the while, trying to help others like me with my storyology blog.

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6 Responses

  1. Laurie Curtis Larmon says:

    I just finished my first attempt at a novel but it turned out to be a novella. I want to go the traditional publishing route – I can’t imagine doing the marketing part on my own – but I’m afraid agents and publishers will tell me it’s too short.

    • Ania Kiplan says:

      Publishing a novella is harder to do the traditional route. There are many ways to expand your novella to be full-length, though. I would recommend that you first look at the conflicts and see if there are some underlying problems that need to be emphasized.

  2. Veronica says:

    Hi! How can a writer know whether to split a story into multiple novellas or to keep it as a full length novel?

    • Ania Kiplan says:

      Well, if you have too many main conflicts, you can divide your work up. But, you would plan your novellas the same way you do your novels; so, if your idea can be a series, then you could write a series of novellas.

  3. J Liz says:

    I’m glad I came across your blog. I usually write screenplays, but often the formatting gets in the way of my creative flow. I’d rather have the content first and worry about formatting later. I also need to pen more quickly the multiple stories that have been running around in my head, but I know I don’t have enough words to fill a novel. I think the way forward is by writing one novella at a time. Thank you!

    • Ania Kiplan says:

      Yes! Novellas are fabulous reads to me and there is a growing market for them in some genres. I know my ideas usually aren’t a full novel, either, so novellas are what I write. Good luck with yours!

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