Short Stories vs NovellasShort stories are just that - a short story. They have less complicated plots than novellas. The word count can be as little as 1,000 words. However, opinions differ on word count for what makes a short story.
A novella is a short book over 20,000 words. The story has fewer conflicts than a novel and can be read in a day or two.
Short stories and novellas have a long history that goes way back.
I've always been a big Charles Dickens fan. His novel, Martin Chuzzlewit was originally released in monthly installments. If I had been around then, I'm sure I would have waited impatiently for the next installment. Sarah Gamp, the somewhat kind alcoholic nurse/caregiver is one of my favorite Dickens characters. Her iconic battered black umbrella was so popular with the Victorian public, Gamp became a slang word for umbrella.
The Gift of the Magi by O'Henry - written in 1906 is my all time favorite short story.
When I completed my first novella, Chocolate & Sensibility I realized it was just the length it needed to be. Adding more conflict or plot would have made it a different story.
Reading is a personal preference. As more readers rediscover these shorter stories, I hope they'll be able to find the time in their busy schedules to read.