Please join me in welcoming New York Times Bestselling author Julia London to Debbie's Book Bag today. Julia is here promoting the release of her novella, The Bridesmaid. I asked Julia how writing a novella compared and contrasted with writing a full length story. I also asked her about writing about weddings in general and hers what she had to say. Enjoy! Check out the giveaway details at the end of the post for your chance to win a copy of The Bridesmaid by Julia London.
The Challenges of Writing a Novella vs. a Full Length Novel
The full-length novel has to have several more elements than a novella. There are more plot points, often several relationships that play into the story, and more internal and external goals and conflicts for the protagonist. Pacing those story elements over a full-length novel takes some planning and a lot of trial and error in the telling.
The novella is quite different. There isn’t enough room in the confines of the story length to explore more than the main couple’s relationship. All roads point to the Happy Ever After, and the novella’s short structure does not allow for detours. So the trick is to start the novella in a place that allows you to leap into the story with the main characters without a lot of backstory or development of a complex conflict.
Wedding Disasters or Weddings in General
Who doesn’t love a wedding? I love the dresses, the food, the dancing…I don’t get invited to enough. As an author, it’s a lot more fun writing about wedding disasters rather than weddings. Nothing builds suspense like a will-she-or-won’t-she moment at the altar. THE BRIDESMAID is a little different, but the reader feels that impending doom nonetheless.
The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of The Bridesmaid by Julia London.
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