There are eight types of fiction that can be written. The most popular fiction written is a novel, which is an extended piece of fiction over 40,000 words. The novella is a type of fiction shorter than a novel up to about 35,000 words. A short story is a shorter piece of fiction with less than 20,000 words. A short-short story is a very short story at about 1500 words. The vignette is a type .