Short Stories, Poetry & Novellas, vs. Novels
It is also possible to write about one's observations if one feels the mind has nothing to offer. If we cannot surmise a meaning from our lives, why can we not surmise a meaning from other people's lives? In this way, a short story can serve very well. It is very much similar to watching a television show with the sound off, thereby speaking for the characters according to their gestures and facial expressions. Short stories are something like that.
And then, there is the novella, which can be likened to a practice marathon race, where one works one's way up to a longer distance. Sadly, the novella is somewhat suspect because it seems ambivalent to literary editors, as though one is saying: "I want to write a novel, but I don't have enough to say about it, but I have more to say about it than a short story, so I need a space in between, like a semi-colon, and not a whole colon. If you write consistently and work just a little harder, you can make it to the actual marathon run.
Finally and in a succinct measure of the mind's meaning,
Writing takes an inspired depth of mind, which
When put from that kind of heart to a reader, will
Most assuredly be a purposeful act of the killing of a tree,
Cut and carved out, with writer's blood, and love for thee, o reader.