For instance, a short storey has certain requirements, length being a major factor, that dictates how the story is written – what’s included and what’s not. Writing my blog posts I’m cognizant of not wanting them to be too wordy, punchy, and try to make my points quick and declarative.
There have been writers who’ve written stories using only the 140 characters per tweet limit of twitter. Earnest Hemingway’s classic short, short, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn,” is sited as inspiration. Comedy writer Justin Halpern has to move back in with his folks. He tweets of the funny bon mots his father riffed off became the collection Sh*t My Dad Says, and a sitcom, a short lived sitcom, but a sitcom nonetheless. "The worst thing you can be is a liar. . . .Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two."
Flash fiction continues to be written ine sites and for a time there was a short story publisher who published their stories specifically for cell phones before the advent of the smart phone and the larger screen. In fact I did a reading not too long ago where one of the writers read her work on the screen of her phone. E-books do allow for a lot of junk out there, but has also ushered in a new era of pulp in the form of 25,000 words or so new novellas and short story anthologies of revived (and in public domain) characters like the Green Lama, the first Buddhist super hero from the ‘40s, and new characters as charted on sites like All Pulp.
For me then, I just want to get my work out there, and game to try whatever format that will have me. Yes, personally I prefer the paper book but even I, a semi-Luddite, have read material on the Kindle. This is the Kindle my wife got me a couple of Christmases ago and as she got tired of me not firing it up, she’s appropriated the device and now I borrow it. Yet currently I have an e-book novella, the Essex Man, in the publishing queue In the vein of new pulp, he’s an over-the-top action-adventure hero I hope will be the first in a series of e-books, then collected hardcopies done print-on-demand of the character.
So until the big “They” create the machine to write creatively, which I’m sure some geek is working on, I’ll keep sweating away on my stories. Right now though, must write good for my robot overlords…entertain…entertain…entertain…