I can say to some extent that you were one of those people who made me want to write the Marriages Made in India series. So, let me first say âThank youâ. You might recall asking me if I plan to write Abhimanyu-Shikha story after reading my novel, The Runaway Bridegroom. :D
At that point, I wasnât too convinced as I knew there wasnât enough of a story for a full-fledged novel. Later, one fine day, as I spent many hours by myself while travelling alone, it struck me that I could create stories for Chandaâs brothers and Abhi. Thatâs how the idea for the MMII series was born, beginning with her eldest brother Ram, in The Smitten Husband.
As for writing novellas, novels or short stories for that matter â I find that only the length is different. And hence probably the time spent writing them will vary. Otherwise, the effort is the same. Rather than my telling the story, I realise it is the story that wants to be told through me. It forms itself into a novella or novel or short story as I ideate it. This is also what convinces me that I donât have anything more to say in the story even when my readers think otherwise.
The only one that I curtailed from its longer structure was Double Jeopardy. I felt the characters wanted to say way more. Only, my editor thought differently. This is one story that I plan to rewrite and you may expect the second edition to hit the e-stands by end of 2016 or beginning 2017.
In conclusion, Iâd say that whatever be the size of the book, the effort is the same. Of course, if itâs a series, a lot more concentration is required to ensure the characters who reappear in the next books, donât change their personalities. ;)
Thank you for that lovely question. I hope I have answered it to your satisfaction.