I've been meaning to post about this since Christmas, but seeing as things have been busy lately (when aren't they busy?) I've only just gotten around to it.
My favourite part of Christmas morning has always been opening my stocking, and this year I was pretty excited over what I found in there. My husband is a clever guy, not to mention he's just as big of a bookworm as I am, which is why he thought to include these with all the usual candy and fuzzy socks:
Novellas! A whole dozen of 'em! He knew there were a bunch I've been wanting to read, so he put them on a flash drive, printed off the covers, and stashed them in my stocking--so much more fun than buying them and just sticking them on my e-reader right away. I was very surprised and impressed with how he went about this.
As I've mentioned before, my reading tends to lag quite a bit when I'm in the writing vortex, and novellas seem to be the perfect solution for that, seeing as they're shorter and require less of a time commitment. I can't wait to delve into these.
You know, at first I wasn't so sure how I felt about this whole novella trend, but now I can honestly say I understand it--both as a reader and a (very wordy) writer. Novellas are a great way to give readers just a bit more of the worlds and characters they love, and they give writers a chance to expand on aspects of their stories they might not otherwise have time to develop as much as they'd like.
I spent a good chunk of December and early January hacking and weeding words out of my manuscript, and I had to part with at least one scene (albeit a short one) that I really loved. While drafting lately, I've wished so badly that I could write more about certain characters or explore other facets of the world I've created. Being bound by word constraints, that just isn't possible though. Novellas, while obviously being stories in their own right, are a wonderful solution to this. I've been thinking lately that some time I might have to try my hand at one, for no other reason than to indulge my love of the story world I'm in right now.
There were books under the tree too, which isn't surprising in our house. I've shared two of those titles with you already, but I've included a couple more in the picture below, as well as some others I've ordered recently. I've already read Wanderlove but had to have my own copy, seeing as the one I read was from the library. January and February are insane as far as the number of books I'm waiting for, so this haul is only going to grow over the next while (insert giddy laughter and clapping here).
What are your thoughts on novellas? Have you ever tried writing one? Any particular titles you're eagerly anticipating in the next while?