There are many types of writing styles out there.
I have done many of them myself. So, here are some of the most popular ones for Fiction Writing:
A short story is usually around 5,000-10,000 words in length, they are often about a single event in ones life, or an overview on someone’s life (often fictional). These are usually half the size of a Novella, or less, and are usually the size of one or two chapters in a Novel. Short stories are often a single piece of writing, but some are separated into chapters. Popular short stories include: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf and The Call of Cthulhu by H.P.Lovecraft. I have written 6 short stories, 5 of which are in a single book as a collection. They are: Unconditional Love and The Short Stories of My Life (Collection).
A Novellette is around 10,000-20,000 words, in between a Novella and a Short Story. These are very unpopular due to being too long to be published in a Publication (Common Magazine) while too short for being published as a Novel.
A novella tends to be a fictional story that is longer than a ‘Short Story’ but shorter than a ‘Novel’. Novellas are commonly around 20,000-40,000 words in length. Popular Novellas include: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Time Machine by H.G.Wells. For me, I have written three Novellas, with one still in the works. They are: My Mate, Dream World and Forever Forbidden.
A Novel is a story that is, usually, written in chapters and is commonly around 75,000-130,000 words, or more, depending on the genre of the book. Very popular Novels: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I am in the middle of writing a Novel, which will hopefully get published by the end but the Prologue is available to read for free here: Absent Love.
Poems come in many forms from sonnets to common poems. They can be up to a 100 words! These can be anything from My personal favourites are: Requiem of the Croppies by Seamus Heaney and The Manhunt by Simon Armitage. I haven’t written any poems, they’re not really my style :’)
And there we have it!
The reason I’m writing this is because some people seem to enjoy commenting on some of my work and suggesting that ‘the chapters are too short’…. The book is a Novella, the chapters are supposed to be short!
Anyways, I hope you all have an amazing day! And stay tuned for this week’s Quick Fix, being released tomorrow! I will be doing a little bit of ranting 😉