Becoming an Author – Mini Serials and Micro Stories

I’ve found a new challenge in the stories I’ve created for Instagram and Twitter.  The format for the different sites has required me to learn some new tricks and techniques that are a little outside my wheelhouse.  Even when I write short stories I tend to be long winded, and the projects as a whole have forced me out of that way of thinking.

Let’s start with Instagram.  Poets and authors have been putting pieces up for a while now, usually small pieces.  In trying to translate my writing to the format I originally intended for the stories to be self contained pieces.  However, when a friend read over Calling Spring she challenged me to extend the story.  This made a new difficulty; writing 2-3 paragraph serials that had to be at least somewhat a whole piece, but tie to the rest of the story.  Read all at once Calling Spring would be very repetitive, but I had to establish the character each serial.

My new story Twist of the Mind is less self contained but has much more action, which made a prolonged fight have to be cut into pieces while still having a satisfactory serial. That forced me to condense language, slim down on details and take a story apart in a way that would make some sense to people picking up in the middle. This exercise should pay off with tighter writing in my other work.

If you have to trim for Instagram, you have to butcher for Twitter.  I challenged myself to keep each story 140 characters or less, not including tags.  The hardest part was trying was trying to portray action or emotion into a very small space.  I would write something, then trim out excess words, exchange small words for big ones and try to convey detail in a story that at most has 20 words.

Ultimately, I think these exercises can help anyone write better.  Being forced to keep the story intact over several parts helps to learn how to keep the reader in the moment.  Pared down writing will certainly help action scenes be made more fast paced, as opposed to slogging through a paragraph describing every blow.  Overall I am happy I took on these challenges and look forward to making more.

Published by Robert C Hartwell

I live in Northeastern Vermont in the US. I am currently working towards becoming an author. I am the proud father of two great kids.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Henry Black

Personal site of an up and coming horror writer based in England. My books are available on Amazon! A review is always appreciated.

The Struggle

YouTube Channel

Iain Kelly

Fiction Writing

Just Nita

"A Positive Push"

KEITHSANVIDGE.COM

I write things on the internet.

Ellie Scott

Writer. Copywriter. Weirdo.

Written by Watkins

Coming soon to a theater near you...

Lucid Being💫

The Art Or Endeavour Of Being Lucid In A World We Live In... Secrets Of The Psychics... Energy, Universe, Futurism, Film, Empowerment...Digital Abstract Art Rendering...

The Dark Netizen

Short Stories - Mostly dark ones!

jenacidebybibliophile

Book Reviewer and Blogger

Little Literature

Thoughts of the pressed madman/pressed by burden of self truth/ atlast he howls prior death/ his howl mated with a nightingle's coo/ and a poetry is born

The Nerdy Lion

Lions can wear glasses too

GEORGE L THOMAS

Always Writing, Always Learning

SAMANTHA THE READER

A BLOG FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS ...

charles french words reading and writing

An exploration of writing and reading

Abidings

Life Memories Inspired

lynz real cooking

lynz real life

Megha Bose

A peek into Megha's mind

%d bloggers like this: