Monday, June 27, 2011

Stigma of the Novella?

I was bored at work today and doodling, by doodling I mean thinking of new plots and I had a random idea.  It's an idea that's been floating around in my head for a while, but I usually just smack it down and ignore it because I don't plan on making it a full novel.  I want it to be a novella.

Here's the idea;
It's the story of twentysome young woman that falls in love with a married man, even though she knows that it is wrong and it will end a marriage, but he's so charming.  It's about the entrapment of falling for a man that doesn't have the capacity to love her, but she does it anyway.

It's a very rough idea and I don't really have any ideas to go with it.  Though I'd like to write it with a Christian twist somehow.  I am thinking of looking up a name for the young woman.  I did also toss around the idea of writing this story for Camp NaNoWriMo in July.  It might be a little easier for me since I'll be busy next month to only be writing 25,000 words instead of 50,000.  I'm not sure about writing it as a novella.  Some people believe that a novella has a negative stigma attached to it.  It's not really a novel, so it's just a short novel.  But there are some famous novellas, such as Animal Farm or A Christmas CarolNight by Elie Wiesel is considered a novella and it's an amazing book!

A novella is harder to get published, but I believe it can be done.  I'd like to try it anyway.  A novella is described as have less conflicts than a novel, but more complicated ones than a short story.  I think it would be done.

What do you think?  Would you read a novella despite the length? And do you think I should try it? :)


  1. I am not a picky reader. I will read anything if it is a good story. I like your idea too. I love stories that show the why behind socially unacceptable situations. I love to see the world from other peoples point of view.

    Well, that's my two cents anyway :)

  2. I like novella's there great for that in-between read where a series has just ended and you need something to take your mind elsewhere for a while.
    Also, I would LOVE it if you helped me with my book. Just e-mail me at jenniefire[@]yahoo[dot]com. Thanks so much!!

  3. Thanks Krista! Seeing the world from another point of view is quite interesting. Thanks for the two cents!

    Jen~ I think that writing a novella is a good place to put my mind for a while and I will. I'll email you today! You're very welcome!