Birth of a novella?

What do you do when short story gets too complicated?

birth of a novellaI started off writing a short story, for day 5 of NaNoWriMo #30days30shorts, and it just blossomed into something beyond my control.

2,000 words down, and I hadn’t even got to the crux of the story I had originally planned.

Actually, my main protagonist was based on a minor character in my Tang dynasty historical novel. Now I’m beginning to wonder if she can be contained in a short story or whether I need something larger… like a novella.

This is NOT a short story.

  • Two subplots.
  • A cliff hanger I hadn’t anticipated
  • Far too many characters
  • A main protagonist with an interesting past
  • And a potentially even more interesting future.

It’s so very interesting to see where 1 day of NaNo writing can lead.


Author: Ruth Livingstone

Walker, writer, photographer, blogger, Doctor, woman, etc.

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