So, what's the difference between a novel, a novella, and a novelette? Basically, it's just length. Novels are typically 40,000 words and up, and short stories are usually under 8,000 words, and in between there are novellas and novelettes. I'm not a stickler for labels, so this is where you'll find all my fiction that's shorter than a novel but too long to be comfortably called a short story. Enjoy!