A novella is somewhere between a short story and a novel.
This is not to say that a novella is simply a book that missed its target length by too much or too little. It is its own distinct format, one that serves the focus and efficiency of a short story within the greater scope of a novel. An ideal vehicle for taking risks, intensive storytelling, and in-depth explorations of a character or situation, it can be difficult to pin down precisely. Many measure the novella by its word count. Few agree on exactly what that word count should be. If you’d like to learn more, you could join the novella subreddit or follow my novella Pinterest board.