A novella can be a great stepping stone in a writer’s journey towards completing a novel, or it can be a standalone project. Whatever the reason or motivation for writing a novella that a writer may have, what it can do is teach them about how to build characters, introduce themes, and convey a story in more depth than short stories do.
I'm still not sure if my diary can be classified as a novel, novella or novelette, as I stated in this post and as this chart classifies each of these terms:
But as it says above, no word count is set in stone. Though 17K-osmething is the current word count. I've also been told the current length of my WIP seems long enough for a YA/MG book (again, I'm not certain how to classify it in those terms). I have also been told someone will want to illustrate my book, should it ever get an offer for publishing. I'm not that great at attempting to draw illustrations, but I did include a chart that changes several times:
This should add to the page count in book form somewhat. And illustrate some of the story as well.
I'm not sure if I followed some of the rules above, but they are only suggestions. I'm speaking specifically about the single theme and content. The theme appears to be about the protagonist getting braces, but several incidents take place over the story, including a school play, kids getting assigned into groups for a class project, and taunts from the mean girls at school. This kind of sounds like the opposite of what is being suggested, but then again, it is only a suggestion.
Have any of you who have written novellas ever been told things like these? and did what you have written seem to follow what was suggested?