A Novellette Is Born

I’m a happy, hopeful, and grateful man as I sit outside at about 9:45 PM, watching what appears to me to be a full moon ascend. It is silohuetting a redwood tree that is perhaps seventy-five feet tall. I’m smiling at the sight while crickets serenade me in the pleasantly cool evening air.

On a table in front of me my laptop screen glows. I’ve just finished typing a climactic part of my fiction story, It Was Her Eyes. It is now 10,363 words. To my understanding that makes it my first novelette-length story. It is not yet finished. I have quite a number of chapters to go.

At this point, I believe it will end up growing into my first novella at between 17,500 and 40,000 words, though it is unlikely to become a 40,000+ word novel. I’m satisfied by what it is and what it is becoming. Actually, I’m more than satisfied. I’m downright proud of it.

I look forward to the day I can share my finished story with the world. Until then, my story and I will grow together, and my characters will keep teaching me about the world and about myself, as I bring each of them to life, experiencing along with them as they grow,  love, bleed, suffer, struggle, hope, dream, doubt, overcome, fear, celebrate, and sadly, sometimes die. I die a little when one of the protagonists dies. That is also true when I finish a story or book. A part of me has ended. Only readers breathe new life into what would otherwise merely become lonely words on a page or screen.

One day, I will send this story and the characters that inhabit it out into the world, and hope they can touch, inspire, and entertain others, making readers feel a closer connection to their own hearts, hopes, desires, and dreams.

I expect much from my beloved characters and trust that if every word is written from my heart that they will be up to the task of touching the hearts of others.

With Love,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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24 Responses to A Novellette Is Born

  1. Impressive. What an accomplishment. Congratulations Russ.

  2. quiall says:

    The relationship we have with our character is a special one, and intimate one. Congratulations and good luck!

  3. Happy Novellette birthday Russ! It will be a wonderful time watching it grow into a novel. 🙂 Congratulations 🙂

  4. ksbeth says:

    and i have no doubt that your characters will do just that )

  5. Mrs. P says:

    What an accomplishment! I’m so happy for you! I know how much I get out of reading a character and the loss of completing a good read. I can only imagine what it must be like for the creator of those words. Maybe that is why the often right again…to bring in new life.

    As busy as I’ve been you have piqued my interest about the story…I must take time to read what you’ve written so far. As I go to bed each night, with barely a moment to check my email…I contemplate the unfairness of a 24 hour day and begrudgingly put myself to bed well before my mind is ready to rest…a constant battle over physical needs vs. spiritual.

    • russtowne says:

      You’re delightful comment inspired me to share another piece of my story, Mrs. P. I’ll share it shortly at Imaginings of a Grateful Man: Imaginingsofagratefulman.com

  6. Mrs. P says:

    Ugh, I wish I could blame autocheck but right should have been write. 😉

  7. So, your novelette/perhaps novel? is coming along nicely. This is quite an undertaking and I look forward to reading it when you unveil your newest “baby” to the world. Clare (I’ll check out imaginings right now)

  8. Very pleased for you! 10,000 words is a huge step. Fantastic work

  9. ruhenhoque says:

    Good luck with your novel, it is a trying time writing. But one when complete can feel amazing, you can learn many things when writing. Of yourself, your characters and how your brain processes information.
    Best of luck!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Ru. I’ve written non-fiction books, fiction stories and compilation books, plus many children’s books, but this has proven the most challenging. Perhaps for that reason I’m most proud of it. I wish you much continued success however you define it. May you always feel welcome here.


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