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Thursday, 6 June 2013

Tips for writing a successful novella


I stumbled onto writing novellas by accident. I saw a snippet of news in Writers' News magazine. It said that a publisher was looking for revenge novellas and was struggling to find women to write them. It was one sentence, but it caught my eye.

Three years later, I have a contract for two novellas in my Die Hard for Girls series and a publisher interested in the first novella I ever wrote. At last, I had found my niche.

Here's my top 5 tips on writing novella -

1. You need to be able to pitch your novella in one sentence. Any more than that and it's probably a novel you're writing.

2. Short chapters are ideal for novellas.

3. Your main character's goal should be the main theme of the novella. For instance, the theme for Hell To Pay is revenge and how Nancy Kerr avenges her parents' murder and her rape.

4. End every chapter with a revelation, a question or a shock that will have readers racing to the next chapter.

5. Your main character should be someone readers will want to go on a journey with, usually a heroine or a hero. If he or she is a villain, make some part of them sympathetic. If you don't, it will put readers off.

For more tips on writing a novella, check out the piece I wrote for Words With Jam. To read it click here

Happy writing:)
Whatever you do, don't start your novella like Snoopy.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great post. I'm also a novella writer, and trying my hand at my first mystery novella. Love the length of a novella even though I love plenty of novels. Hope we can revolutionize the industry with a desire for these shorter works.

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  2. Thanks, Andrea. Good luck with that novella:)

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