Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 21, 2015

Picoblog Question – 2015 – Post #64

Picoblog Question – 2015 – Post #64

Recently, novels have been getting shorter. Is this a good thing?

My two cents, but please share yours:

While I like the faster reads, I still miss the beautiful descriptions.

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Responses

  1. I gravitate toward long books. I like getting immersed in the story and characters. There are so many different kinds of books and readers. As long as the tale is well told, I think any length book will find readers. Shorter books are easier to crank out and less costly to produce, which may be part of the trend.

    • I think you may be right, D. Wallace. Cheers, Ashley

  2. I find it hard to get fully invested in characters of a novella, so I prefer a longer novel, so long as it stays on track.

    • So true, CJ. The most effective novellas seem to be the prequels to first novels of new series. They provide backstories in an active manner and help keep the main novels from sagging. Cheers, Ashley

  3. Shorter books aren’t significantly less expensive to produce, but many authors write shorter because of demand, to make a liveable wage in writing, and to keep their name in the algorithms of various vendor markets. My stories are the length they are because the characters make it so. For me, writing shorter novels is tough. It’s not about description, but subplots and characters that make the story memorable.

    • I believe you’re doing it correctly, Linda, letting the story dictate the length. Cheers, Ashley


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