According to Wikipedia, the maximum word count for a novella is 40,000 words*. By contrast, my full-length novels are over 90,000. That’s more than twice as many words! Some authors excel at writing novellas, but if you’re like me and used to writing long, how do you cram a full romance into a smaller package? Well, I do it with a little planning.
Here are three tricks I use to fit a an emotionally satisfying romance into a shorter word count.
The summer of deadlines rolls into the autumn of promo…
My debut contemporary romance, Take the Lead (Dance Off #1), comes out next week, and things have been super busy. I’m working on supplemental material for my newsletter subscribers (hint hint), but in the meantime, you can check out the Pinterest board and Spotify playlist for the book.
If you’ve started a playlist or board for Take the Lead, let me know!
This blog is due for an update! A lot of cool stuff has been going on, and I’m going to take a minute to celebrate, because I haven’t done enough of that. One of the things I’ve learned in the last couple months is to enjoy the big and small moments as they come. Give yourself a break for a little while to let it all soak in. You’re working hard, and you deserve to celebrate when you hit milestones. When people congratulate you and wish you well, receive the love.
On with the celebration!
Whoa, I haven’t done a writing recap since July! It makes sense, though. I spent August and September struggling to revise Project Duke’s Underpants and Project Wolf Baby. During that time, I realized a couple key things: 1) I don’t want to work on a historical series right now, and 2) I need to rewrite Project Wolf Baby from the beginning.