The many problems with the novel and why we need more novellas (Part 2)

Continuing from part 1 I’ve read books of behemoth lengths: The Executioner’s Song, the seminal American novel (more on that to come in a future post), Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (a flawed but overall enjoyable Harry Potter alternative), and East of Eden (on par with The Executioner’s Song as being the quintessential American novel, … Continue reading The many problems with the novel and why we need more novellas (Part 2)

The many problems with the novel and why we need more novellas (Part 1)

(Full disclosure: As I write this, I'm listening to Elton John, specifically "Tiny Dancer," but the songs will change as I continue) I've written fiction since I was in second grade. As I got older, I worried about the length of my works (men always worry about the length of one thing or another). I'd … Continue reading The many problems with the novel and why we need more novellas (Part 1)