Yay Novellas! or Why Writing These Shorter Works is Pretty Great
This summer, Joe and I have embraced the concept of the novella pretty fiercely. For me, as I have been working on these novellas, two things have come into pretty clear focus in regards to why I am enjoying writing them so much. It basically comes down to this.
I have always been an avid reader. I definitely was one growing up, and it stuck with me throughout my life. It also comes with the territory when you are a teacher and a writer. But, in the interest of full disclosure, I gotta admit, I am not reading nearly as much as I used to. Partly, I am just busier, with writing, and being a father, and everything that is my life. Partly though, I also just find that I get distracted way more than I ever used to. And I don’t think I am alone in this. I think this is actually a pretty common theme for a lot of us out there.
It hit me, reading through our first novella, A Reaper of Stone, that in writing something that could be finished in a few hours (hopefully, a few amazingly enjoyable hours, right beta readers? right?) I was really writing something that seemed to fit into my own reading lifestyle as it is now. This was something that I found exciting, and powerful.
Now again, this was actually one of the main reasons we wanted to look into writing novellas. We wanted to look at shorter works for busy people to enjoy. But it was kind of a cool moment when I realized that this actually described me as well.
The other benefit to writing these shorter works is becoming clear now as we are finishing up our second novella. While it also is a fantasy work, taking place in the same world as A Reaper of Stone, it is a very different style of story. Reaper is more classic epic fantasy, told on a narrower scale. This novella, which we are calling “Ferran” for right now (though a title reveal may not be far off) is more an action/horror hybrid. It moves differently. It reads differently. It is interesting because while we hope that everyone loves all our stuff, we do have an understanding that different types of stories may hit harder with different people. And that is cool.
It’s exiting to be doing different types of stories. With our contemporary horror novel, Joe and I were in that world for pretty much a solid year. I have to say, there is something liberating about doing a different story every two weeks or so.
So when these are out there, and that day is coming closer and closer, give them all a try. The hope is that you all will have as much fun reading them as we did writing them. Hopefully even more.