“Still Human”: My Novella

I’ve always dreamed of writing a novella, at least ever since I read “The Old Man and the Sea” in High School. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve since finished a novella-length story, just under the minimum word count of 10,000 words. So I’m counting it. I’m happy. And, so far, readers are happy too.

At the moment, I have 12 beta readers, and they’re all going to be giving comments. One of them is an editor, and the other is an artist who will be designing the book cover (my talented brother).

So, what’s it about? Here’s the working description:

Taken captive in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world ravaged by an endless cycle of wars and a nuclear holocaust, Elijah Yoder is put to a severe test. What will he do to survive? Raised in the structured Amish community, Elijah’s faith was absolute, but when he’s captured, his imprisonment leaves him questioning every aspect of his reality, including his faith. Survival beckons, but at what cost?

Do you find this interesting? Stay tuned! I’ll be self-publishing, likely through Lulu.com. When everything is complete, there’ll be another update. Don’t miss out.

Hopefully, this is only the first of many more novellas. I’m currently day-dreaming of writing a gritty Western. And now I know dreams come true.

EDIT:

Some might object and say that creative writing less than 10,000 words isn’t “technically” a novella. Can we call it a “novelette” then? That’s okay if we disagree, right? Anyway, this edit also includes this information from Masterclass. (I also linked to another article above about word counts.)

Any work of fiction with a word count between 7,500 and 19,000 is generally considered a novelette. A novelette is longer than a short story, which usually has a word range of between 1,000 and 7,500 words, and flash fiction, which is usually under 1,000 words. Any piece of creative writing that is longer than a novelette but shorter than a novel is considered a novella.

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