Animal Farm, Of Mice and Men, Breakfast at Tiffany’s: It may surprise you to learn that these well-known works are written in an often-overlooked genre—the novella. Usually between 30,000 and 50,000 words, a novella is the middle ground between a succinct short story...
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The difference between a successful story and a lackluster one: Show, don’t tell. One of the best ways to ensure your writing “shows” is to paint a memorable, standout picture with your verb choices. At Writer’s Relief, we know the verbs you use can convey more than...
Like it or not, if you want to get your short story or poem published in a literary journal, the length is going to matter. More readers are using mobile devices to scroll through short stories and poetry, and longer works are harder to enjoy on a cell phone or...
Many writers participate in National Novel Writing Month during November. This marathon writing event draws thousands of participants who attempt to complete a 50,000-word novel in just thirty days. It may seem intense, but NaNoWriMo can also be a lot of fun—if you...
Flash fiction is an increasingly popular genre that more literary editors are looking to scoop up for their journals, and many well-known authors have jumped on the bandwagon. The word count for flash fiction often varies by journal and can range from the length of a...
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