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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

    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

    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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