I’ve got an idea for binding books. Flash fiction is increasingly popular and blogs rule the internet. Microfiction, in 140 characters, via sites such as Twitter, is another emerging genre. And while the novel is still alive, the methods by which we understand it continue to change.
While it doesn’t seem proper that short stories could become under fifty-five words, it does make the ones that run up to fifty-five pages seem a bit dated. Hemingway started it all when he wrote the shortest story ever: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” That ushered in the era of flash fiction. How will it change in the future?
A comfortable length short story I would say is five pages long. That gives enough time to have the elements of middle, beginning and end and to have an idea of character and observation, which are major reasons we read in the first place, to learn about people and things from another’s perspective.
So to have a book of short stories about five pages long, one would need to write thirtyish stories. That allows for the reintroduction of characters the reader has met before, as well as a smattering of fables that unite in a common theme.
So before thinking about binding books and book binding services for your short stories, put flash fiction in your pipe and smoke it.
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