Question: Novelettes, Novellas, Novels… ???

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    Banana Peacock Warrior
    @banana-peacock-warrior

      Okay so I’ve been looking around at a whole bunch of different sites online to determine something: what is the difference between short stories, novelettes, novellas, and novels? I have a story I’m working on that is currently 56k words long. So… is it a novella or a novel?? So many sites have so many differing word counts and so I’m perplexed. I was honestly curious what you all on SE think… (LOL please say 56k is novel worthy because I’d love that… XD)

      [nearly everyone I know so far: @abigail-rebekah, @holly-anne, @the-fledgling-artist, @selah-chelyah, @kayla-skywriter, @ashira, @nuetrobolt]

      LOL please satisfy my curiosity!

      “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
      ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭94:19‬ ‭

      #93401
      Holly Anne
      @holly-anne

        @banana-peacock-warrior

        Here is a list of the differences between them… I was researching this a little while ago too 🙂

        Flash Fiction: 53 – 1000 words

        Short Stories: 3,500 – 7,500 words

        Novellettes: 7,500 – 17,000 words

        Novellas: 17,000 – 40,000 words

        Novels: 40,000 + words

         

        So yes, congratulations…your book is a novel 🙂 *double high-fives*

        Hope this helps 🙂 🙂

        "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger darling" (Inception)
        Composer, Writer, Sarcastic 😉

        #93402
        Holly Anne
        @holly-anne

          Ps: this is just what I have found online, so hopefully it’s accurate. But, there may be other answers so yes….

          "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger darling" (Inception)
          Composer, Writer, Sarcastic 😉

          #93405
          Abigail Rebekah
          @abigail-rebekah

            @banana-peacock-warrior

            Wow! That is a lot of words…wish I could have that many written xD

            Sorry I won’t be much help 🙂

            Just everything @holly-anne says LOL

            ~ Laugh. Drink Coffee. Smile. And Write ~

            #93437
            Warden
            @nuetrobolt

            I have wondered this same thing! This is good to know.

            Your story is yours and no one else's. Each sunset is different, depending where you stand. -A. Peterson

            #93466
            Veraza Winterknight
            @kari-karast

            I actually just asked this yesterday. XD This is what I got, from multiple people.

            0-1,000 words: flash fiction

            1,000-10,000 words: fiction/short story

            10,000-20,000 words: novelette

            20,000-40,000 words: novella

            40,000+: novel

            Even the word hopeless is not entirely devoid of hope.

            #93480
            Banana Peacock Warrior
            @banana-peacock-warrior

              Thanks, all! Super intriguing and curiosity satisfying. 🙂 😉

              “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
              ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭94:19‬ ‭

              #93524
              Selah
              @selah-chelyah

              @banana-peacock-warrior

              Nice! I wondered, as well, and now I know. XD

              Assistant Guildmaster of the Awesome Meraki
              ~ Created to create ~

              #93531
              Kayla Skywriter
              @kayla-skywriter

              I’ve always meant to look this up but never remembered to, and now here it is served up to me on a golden platter. Thanks everyone.

              How we chose to fight is just as important as what we fight for

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