I've Never Done This Before

I've been asked to write a novella.

That's a new one for me. Typically, when I write, I write loooooooong stories. I've even written a few "epics."

What's a novella, you may be asking. A novella is a work of fiction, typically between 20,000 and 50,000 words. For those of us who write fast (I can typically hammer out anywhere from 2500 to 5000 words a day when left to my own devices), this should seem like an easy enough task.

Well, here's my problem. I'm accustomed to 95,000 word novels to 125,000 word epics. I'm used to drawing out scenes, dialogue, description. Chop-chop, keep it short is not something I know well.

Several years ago I wrote a blog post about I spent the day lovingly washing, drying, and polishing all my little pretties around the house, cherishing the memory of each one. For me (someone who actually LIKES to clean), this was the epitome of a fun day. Until, that is, I saw a snake slithering along my back porch as I dried the last of the lovelies.

It took me about 1500 words to tell this story. Later that day, my oldest daughter (the quiet one ... the one who has spoken as many words in her lifetime as I do in a typical day), sent a note to me which read: Had I written this story it would have simply said, "Today I saw a snake."

You see my problem.

But so far ... I've got about 1200 words of an opening I really like. More or less. Sort of. Okay, I like it.

Now, I don't have long to write this little ditty, so I'm guessing I'll write about 2500 a day (on average), which will put me finishing up by the end of this month. Nah, let me give it until the middle of next month.

Let's see how I do, shall we?

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