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Could Writing a Novella be Your Way Forward?

October 18th, 2014

Thanks to Sneha for last Friday’s blog post. I was listening to a programme recently where writers were complaining that they were no longer simply allowed to get on with their writing – instead they had to spend valuable time promoting themselves via social media. I can see their point but, unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way anymore.

I was planning this post while on a short break in Lisbon and it suddenly dawned on me that I couldn’t name a single famous Portuguese writer  (shame on me!) So I checked with the Portugal Daily View website and found that Jose Saramago won the Novel prize for Literature in 1998. I’d still never heard of him – or any of the other writers on their list.  Are any of you out there more widely read in Portuguese literature? If you are, let us know your  favourite author.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) will soon be upon us. But, if the thought of trying to write a complete novel in a month scares the living daylights out of you, then why not consider a novella?  Most novellas range from 12,000 to 16,000 words. So, they’re not as demanding as a 100,000-word novel but you’ve more scope for plot and characterisation development than in a short story. There’s a great article coming up in the November issue of Freelance Market News explaining how to go about writing novellas and also  giving a list of markets where you can sell your work. At one time, this genre was seriously out of fashion because such short books weren’t considered commercial. But with the surge in e-publishing (and people’s growing desire for a quick read) they’re now a very viable proposition.

Finally, don’t forget our annual flash fiction competition. I know the closing date is 30th November – but it’ll be here before you can blink.

My guest next Friday is Writers Bureau tutor, Kelly Lawrence, who’ll be providing tips on structuring your story – invaluable if you do decide to try your hand at a novella.

And by the way – I might not be familiar with any Portuguese writers but I loved Lisbon. A  beautiful city with great emphasis on art and culture (not to mention the fantastic food and wine)!

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