A novella is a short novel, but it is still longer than a short-story.
So it really just depends on the word count/lenght of the story.
To be a novel, it has to be over 40.000 words.
A novella is 17.500 to 40.000 words.
Often, the novellas are also happening over a shorter time. So where some novels are happening over entire decades, the novellas are sometimes just a day or a week.
A novel is a completed full-length book at about 50,000 words.
A novella is a completed short novel at about 20,000 words.
But every publisher, editor, and agent have their own definition of novel and novella length. The examples above are the general consensus.
Also consider this, a short story is about 10,000 words or less, and an epic novel is 100,000 words or more.
A novel is a LONG fictional story consisting of about 80,000-100,000 words and a novella is a collection of SHORT fictional stories usually consisting of about half the word count of a novel.
I novella is shorter usually under 50,000 words and can be as short as 12,000. There are usually several sub plots in a novella where a short story has one main plot. However, some may say a novella can be longer up to 100,000 words.
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