Friday, May 6, 2016

Micro Fiction

Just like new technology drives down the size of electronics, a trend in writing has been going toward shorter and shorter fiction.

And the definition of short fiction is deliciously vague.  Some places want under 1,000 words, others want 100 words.  At least one wanted 50-ish words!

As noted in Quote Investigator, Blaise Pascal hit it on the head when he said:

"Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte."

Which roughly translated means:

"I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter."

Until you try to write a meaningful story in 100 words, you have not lived!  So, I was happy to see one of my 100-word stories, "The Laborer," appear in the 45th edition of the web publication Microfiction Monday Magazine in April 2016.

~ Mick, S.D.G.

Artwork is “Fading Identities” by Fabio Sassi