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February 14, 2012

A terrible ingenious idea

Filed under: fictionchunk,Uncategorized,wordsmithery — lexifab @ 11:30 pm

Last night I was chatting on Twitter with Kaaron Warren – whom I might actually meet in person tomorrow night when I go to my first Canberra Spec Fic Guild meeting (writer’s group). We were discussion flash fiction and how the primary appeal of a short-short-short story of 100-150 words is that it’s pretty easy to finish. Unlike, say, a flabby, meandering, nonsensical novel.

“I can write 150 words,” boasts I with naive confidence.

“Do a thousand of them,” she jokes, “and join them all with ‘and then’.”

Bam. New literary subgenre invented. Or ghetto. Either’s a good description for a fat novel-length collection of loosely related or more likely unconnected micro-vignettes.

Yes, it was a joke (I actually laughed, as the young people would contract it, out loud). But I also haven’t stopped thinking about it. It’s a terrible idea. The possibilities are endless. It’s a terrible idea because the possibilities are endless. Reading it would be like listening to They Might Be Giants’ ‘Fingertips‘ stretched out to Wagnerian proportions. It would be aggravating, and inconsequential, and completely unsellable and…

I kind of want to do it.

Thankfully I have my dedication to my current novel – frustrating though it is – to shield me from impulses this deranged. I have so little time to do any of the stuff I want to do now that to even contemplate a project of stupendous dumbness is…only slightly less appealing than it might otherwise be.

Clam – there’s got to be something to this, right? This is a stupid plan whose day is about to dawn, is it not?

Right? Right? Don’t leave me hanging.


  1. I like it. It would be like a plague of locusts. I’m imagining the Battle of Helm’s Deep recounted from the viewpoint of *every one* of its participants. Okay, I’m not imagining that any more. I’m imagining a sprawling series of space opera adventures that *could* be stretched out into a 1000 novel series once the Children of Nyctos break into the CDC and release the immortality virus. I’m in.

    Comment by The Once and Future Dr Clam — February 15, 2012 @ 10:13 am

  2. I’m tempted to just write the whole thing in the comments.

    Comment by Lexifab — February 15, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

  3. I saw that Twitter exchange. 🙂

    Of course, almost all novels are sections of 150 words strung together – just not necessarily by “and then”.

    Comment by Andrea — February 15, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

  4. That is a good point. I am picturing something considerably less coherent than most novels, however 🙂

    Comment by Lexifab — February 16, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  5. How about a thousand 150 word stories joined with ‘I can beat that…’?

    Comment by The Once and Future Dr Clam — February 16, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

  6. Aww, yeah, let’s get all Munchausen on this bizzo.

    Comment by Lexifab — February 16, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

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