I’ve just finished my first novella.
I thought it would be easier than writing a novel but, guess what?
I know, usually a writer likes to tell everyone that nothing is easier than anything else. And while I’m not saying that the writing itself was any easier (it most certainly was not) when you stop at around thirty thousand words, instead of ninety thousand words, it doesn’t take a mathematical genius to work out that the pain doesn’t last so long.
So, by easier, I mean that I reached the end far sooner than with a full length novel and that was a psychological benefit. The gap between conception and the market place is also much shorter. This is important for those for whom writing is a job.
So, soon enough we will have Goodnight, Mrs Day available. I’ll let you know. I’m told something around the second week in November.
In the meantime, of course, I have to get on with another book.
Next time, I’ll share a few thoughts on how the process of the novella differed from the novel, and a few issues I had to deal with in relation to Mrs Day as a companion piece to A Table In Berlin.
Right now I just wanted to let you know I was still here!