So, I’ve recently begun a love affair. It’s all-consuming, exciting and quite frankly, I doubt if it will taper off for a long time.
Got your attention yet?
Well, while you remove your minds from the gutter, I’ll let you know what I’m alluding to. Writing abbreviated stories—shorts or novellas specifically.
Actually, I just love to write. Period. For me, it’s exciting to create new worlds, new characters, new situations and trouble I can put them in and allow them to find their way out of. In this respect, I’m very manipulating and I love it. Insert maniacal laughter here.
I love full lengths because it allows me to explore every aspect of my characters’ lives, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming for the reader and writer alike.
I love shorts because it allows me to write a tiny segment or fraction of a character’s life as if I’m looking into a window. Think of it as the conflict of the moment. It’s great for a reader because it’s quick, to the point and satisfying.
Ah, and here’s the point of this post. I’m thinking my favorite right now is writing somewhere in the middle. The novella. In between in word count, I have enough meat to dig my teeth into my characters and enough scenes to provide interest, scope, nice love scenes, etc. To me, this is the perfect length. Which is probably why I plan a lot of my books to be this length. It’s comfortable as a great pair of jeans and I feel like it’s a good value for the money.
Oh, but don’t worry. A good chunk of my 2010 is reserved for writing a few full length books. Why? These stories need to be told and I can’t do them justice in shorter fiction.
So, because we’re rapidly coming to the end of the year and new resolutions are getting ready to take hold, I’d like to know what you, the reader, wants to see from a writer. What’s your favorite “go to” length of book? What do you prefer?
And the second question. What’s a genre, situation, character study you’d like to read more of in 2010? If you ask for it, I’ll certainly try to write it. For those who know me best, I won’t back away from a challenge and will tackle it with determination until it’s right--or I nearly die trying to get it there. ;-)
Bring on your questions, comments and theories and I’ll do my best to get it written for you in the new year!