Sharon Oard Warner

Sharon Oard Warner

Writing the Novella

Writing the Novella

writ­ten by Sharon Oard Warn­er
Uni­ver­si­ty of New Mex­i­co Press, 2021
ISBN 978–0‑8263–6255‑1

Sharon’s new book, Writ­ing the Novel­la, was pub­lished in March of 2021. While the novel­la has exist­ed as a dis­tinct lit­er­ary form for over four hun­dred years, Writ­ing the Novel­la is the first craft book ded­i­cat­ed to cre­at­ing this inter­me­di­ate-length fic­tion. Inno­v­a­tive, inte­grat­ed jour­nal prompts inspire and sus­tain the cre­ative process, and clas­sic novel­las serve as exam­ples throughout. 

Part 1 defines the novel­la form and steers ear­ly deci­sion-mak­ing on sit­u­a­tion, char­ac­ter, plot, and point of view.

Part 2 pro­vides detailed direc­tions for writ­ing the scenic plot points that sup­port a strong but flex­i­ble nar­ra­tive arc. 

By turns instruc­tive and inspi­ra­tional, Writ­ing the Novel­la will be a wel­come resource for new and expe­ri­enced writ­ers alike.

Recognition

Win­ner of the Bronze Medal for Writing/Publishing in the 2022 Inde­pen­dent Pub­lish­er (IPPY) Book Awards

Reviews

“This book on the craft of writ­ing a novel­la … suc­ceeds in its task of teach­ing the read­er what makes a novel­la work, from struc­ture and plot to char­ac­ter and set­ting and pace and so on.” (Kel­ly Har­ri­son, West Trade Review)

Appen­dix mate­ri­als include a list of rec­om­mend­ed novel­las, pub­lish­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, and blank tem­plates for the sto­ry map, graphs, and charts used through­out the book.

“Novel­la writ­ers, espe­cial­ly novices, sim­ply must con­sult this basic how-to guide before putting pen to paper. It’s that use­ful.” (Diane Dono­van, Dono­van’s Book­shelf)

“An incred­i­bly absorb­ing and easy-to-use per­son­al­ized guide for those of us want­i­ng to try our hands at writ­ing a novel­la.” (Sheila Ben­der, Sheila Ben­der’s Writ­ing It Real)

“Sharon Oard Warn­er is a born teacher and mul­ti­tal­ent­ed writer, and Writ­ing the Novel­la is a deli­cious smor­gas­bord of infor­ma­tion about what con­sti­tutes good fic­tion, the spe­cial demands of the novel­la form, clas­sic mod­els of the genre, and sage advice on the rough-and-tum­ble of the writ­ing process.” (Min­rose Gwin, author of The Acci­den­tals)

“Warn­er’s guide is a mas­ter class in the form—an eru­dite and friend­ly guide to accom­pa­ny you from the first spark of inspi­ra­tion to your com­plet­ed novel­la.” (Priscil­la Long, author of The Writer’s Portable Men­tor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writ­ing Life)

“Let me sug­gest that before you write that nov­el, you write a novel­la. And let Sharon Oard Warn­er’s Writ­ing the Novel­la be your guide. It cov­ers all the bases and is writ­ten with grace, can­dor, and insight. See for your­self. It’s real­ly quite won­der­ful. Buy the book, recharge your writ­ing life, and thank me lat­er.” (John Dufresne, author of Sto­ryville! An Illus­trat­ed Guide to Writ­ing Fic­tion)

“Sharon Oard Warn­er’s Writ­ing the Novel­la is the first of its kind—a smart, prac­ti­cal, and com­pre­hen­sive book devot­ed to the craft of the novel­la. This is a must read for any­one inter­est­ed in bet­ter under­stand­ing and prac­tic­ing this clas­sic lit­er­ary genre.” (Olivia Kate Cer­rone, author of The Hunger Saint)

Writing the Novella

writ­ten by Sharon Oard Warn­er
Uni­ver­si­ty of New Mex­i­co Press, 2021
ISBN 978–0‑8263–6255‑1

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