12.36: Structuring a Mid-Length Piece

Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard

Larger than a short story, smaller than a novel… there’s quite a bit of space between those two thresholds, and in this episode we discuss the ways in which we go about filling that space with a well-structured story.

Credits: this episode was recorded in Cosmere House Studios by Dan Dan the Audioman Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson


Take your idea for a novel, and structure it as a novella.

Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale

4 thoughts on “12.36: Structuring a Mid-Length Piece”

  1. Thanks for the hazardous tales reccomendation. These will work perfectly for helping our homeschooled boys get more into history.

  2. I found this really helpful. My only question is what are the industry standards regarding word length for a short story and novella when compared against a novel?



    1. Hugo Awards says

      Short story: under 7,500 words
      Novelette: 7,500-17,500 words
      Novella: 17,500-40,000 words
      Novel: 40,000 words and up

      But nowadays I don’t think most mainstream publishers would be happy with a novel of 40,000 words. I believe they are looking at about 100,000 words and up.

  3. What do novellas or novelettes and the little bear’s bed in Goldilocks have in common? They’re not too short, not too long, just right!

    And our original foursome, Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard, sat down to talk about how you can structure these mid-length tales. Along with a heaping helping of other good advice about writing novellas, and even reading them! All available in the transcript, now in the archives and over here


    Just think, now you know why nanowrimo only asks for 50,000 words! Novellas, here we come!

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