Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG
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This is the 21st century.
Everybody is busy.
Time is short.
Information is received in bursts.
We all know about shrinking attention spans and the culture of instant-gratification so I won’t even go there.
The way we absorb information has changed. Blame it on the Internet. Likewise, the way we read fiction today is not the same as before.
We need to keep open minds about the way we write… adapt to the changing times. To some degree. This means we cannot ignore the role of short fiction.
For a while, I’ve been wondering about the novella-in-flash.
I like the sound of it. Almost like giving the ‘step-child’ a fancy title. But that’s a topic for another time.
It’s also called a flash-fiction-novel or linked short story collection.
This work is a novella composed entirely of standalone flash fiction pieces organised into a full narrative arc. Really interesting. And tricky? According to the experts in this field, the novella-in-flash takes the brevity of FF and blends it with the arc of the novella.
As a flash fiction junkie, this really interests me. The thought is quite exciting. Now I’m not saying that we must ignore the novel.
An article about books boasted this title – Short Is The New Black. It made me smile. Remember, I don’t watch much TV, but appreciated the reference to that popular TV series. The article went on to talk about compression and economy of words. It also states that this is not a fad, it’s a trend. And we all know about trends. What’s hot today will be lukewarm tomorrow… and so it goes… *shrugs*
I’d like to investigate more though…
Do you write super-short pieces? Are you familiar with the novella-in-flash? Can you recommend any books that fit this genre?
Have you signed up for the Write… Edit… Publish… Flash Fiction Challenge? More info HERE.
Happy IWSG Day! I’ll start my visits later. (If you have coffee, then I’ll definitely make a turn at your place…)