17 Dec 2008

Keep it short. Srsly.

This week I discovered Thaumatrope, a new short fiction magazine. Emphasis on short. It runs on Twitter, so each story can be no longer than 140 characters. Impossible to write a story that short, I thought. Then I wrote one. And another. And another. These things are seriously addictive!

The funny thing is, I normally have a problem with stories going too long. It's not uncommon for me to finish a first draft around ten thousand words and have to cut it back to six or less. It's kind of like I've gone from writing orchestral scores to playing in The Ramones.

If you're on Twitter, follow the mag here. It's not just fiction - they've got interviews and game reviews too. Promise nothing there is gonna take you too long to read.


Diane Severson said...

I'm really looking forward to reading your stuff on Thaumatrope. I'm still waiting to get my first installment. I wonder if something went wrong with my subscription? Anyway, let us know when your stories are actually published, so I don't miss any.

Grant said...

As long as you're following Thaumatrope you should see some. I saw a story come through today, along with a book review.

My first one is on Dec 30, then there's more Jan 11, 15, 31 (and more after that).