Why write a 400-page book when I wouldn’t read it?
November 8, 2020
I sometimes think we live in what I call a “McDonalds’ Society.” Want it now. Want it in a hurry. Want nothing to slow us down getting it.
Some time back, I started writing a novel.
Thought in terms of maybe 400 or so pages.
Worked on it in between writing essays, short stories, letters to the editor, and such.
But as I got more into it, I found that I was not too interested in such a long book.
Found that when I did buy a 400-page book, I often did not fully read it.
Just more or less “scanned” it.
I sometimes think we live in what I call a “McDonalds’ Society.”
Want it now. Want it in a hurry. Want nothing to slow us down getting it.
So I started thinking more in terms of a 100-page novella.
Start writing. Get ‘er done.
Maybe three or four such novellas about the main character, a woman.
The setting: County Courthouse.
Make it a series.
Initial novella is mostly written.
Rest of the first novella is “written” in my head.
Thinking of publishing the first novella when I am finished with it, only then starting on the second novella in the series.
Let the first novella, already committed to print, challenge me in the second novella.
Maybe someday I will put the series into one of those 400-page books I no longer read since some still read long books.
Like my main character, I mostly know who she is.
But, like my novel-to-novella approach, she is still developing.
It is – at once – challenging and fun to be the word czar, the book-size czar, the character czar.
Challenging, fun to know exactly where I am going as I write, yet finding I surprise even myself as I write on and on and on toward what I envision as a few novellas that might be destined to become a novel.
After all is said and done, maybe I will know my destination and how I get there about the same time the reader does.
Roger Summers is the author of The Ladies in the Pink Hats and My Johnny. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.