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What is the difference between a Novella and a Short Story?

What is the difference between a Novella and a Short Story?
S. Sharp

Virginia replies:

Good question!

It has to do with the focus of the story line and the number of words. Here's a complete explanation I found on-line (Yahoo):

"Short story - A fictional prose narrative shorter and more focused than a novella - usually deals with a single episode and often a single character. Length is generally between 2,000 and 10,000 words.

Novella - A fictional prose narrative often set in a brief period of time, such as a day, week, or month. A novella often concentrates on character study. Length usually around 17,501 to 40,000 words

Novel - A fictional prose narrative of considerable length, usually having a plot that unfolds by actions, dialogue and thoughts of the varied characters. Length 40,001+ words"

Virginia


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