Saturday, 28 May 2011
The beauty of short stories and novellas
As a reader, you can explore writers new to you without investing too much time or expense. You can take a chance. You can explore new genres. If you’re short of time, novellas and short stories can be a wonderful way to switch off.
Short stories and novellas can give a very intense reading experience. Focusing on just a few characters and settings, the reader is quickly drawn in. there are no wasted words, no incidental plots, no distractions.
Short stories to me are jewelled moments – very intense, a moment of revelation or decision. I’ve recently put together a collection, A Rose of Midsummer and other Stories, and put them on Smashwords. I’m hoping to do more later, as a Christmas collection.
Novellas are fun to write, particularly in the romance genre. As Linda Banche said in her post this week, the romance novella gives the writer a wonderful chance to home in on the hero and heroine and their relationship. Any sub-plot can have a direct impact on their love, testing it and in some cases throwing them together so it can develop. My own novellas, A Secret Treasure and Holiday in Bologna, both use external threats to add to the romantic tension between my heroes and heroines.
If you fancy something a touch hotter, there are my Siren shorties set in ancient Rome, too.
So don't give up on the full-length novels, but long may the novella and the short story flourish!