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The shortest novel you'd consider writing

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Constantin, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Insolent Lad

    Insolent Lad Inkling

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    Both the Nebula and Hugo awards put the cutoff between novella and novel at 40,000. Some more mainstream/literary awards put it even lower.
     
  2. Incanus

    Incanus Archmage

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    I tend to go by the numbers ThinkerX put up - I've seen them before (I think at SFWA).

    But another useful way to think about it is the level of complexity. A short story usually goes straight from the beginning to the end. A novella will usually add a complication or another story layer, and a novel usually has several complications, and often more than one POV.

    The Narnia books seem to be a aberration. I believe they are considered novels, but they all come in under 50K. Orwell's Animal Farm is very short, but I think its a novel as well.
     
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