Today I’m happy to introduce to you my newest Guest Blogger, Abby Gaines. You can read her bio here.
How short is too short?
The books I write tend to be looongâ€”at least, long for series romances. Recently though, Iâ€™ve tried writing in two shorter formats. My first novella, The Natural, comes out this month in the Harlequin NASCAR anthology, A NASCAR Holiday 2. Writing a novella was a lot of funâ€”it was so straightforward, having room for only one story thread. And the Christmas theme meant I had to write an upbeat story, which just happens to be what I write anyway!
But the challenge with writing shorter is that itâ€™s harder to pack in the emotion that we all want from a romance.
I thought that was hard to do in a novella, but just recently I wrote my first short story and, man, that was really difficult! It took me forever…. I consulted a writer I know whoâ€™s a short story ace, and she informed me the story had to have a twist at the end. Well, I can tell you, itâ€™s pretty difficult to sit there and think up a twist to order. When youâ€™re writing a full-length book, you have weeks or months to work out what your twists will be. In a short story, you have to do it now!
I got there in the end, and have just posted the story on my website for readersâ€”it has a Thanksgiving theme, so Iâ€™m hoping itâ€™s timely.
As a reader, I do enjoy short stories and novellas, but I think my heart will always belong to novels. What do you think?
Abby Gaines writes for Harlequin NASCAR and Harlequin Superromance. Visit her at www.abbygaines.com