...I love Cake.
I hope everyone is having a good summer. It's been quite a busy one for me. New job, new stories and fandoms to write about. I still have a very large backlog of P&F episodes to roll through, as well as several stories that I need to decide the future of.
But probably more on that later.
I want to talk today about something that's bugged me ever since I started reading fanfiction a long time ago: the length of the story.
Now, anyone who knows me will remember that I much prefer longer stories over shorter ones. There's nothing quite like the feeling of spending a good while reading a tantalizing, well thought-out story.
Not to say that there aren't any good short stories out there. There are. But a lot of them, I find, have the same problem with them:
They're too short.
Anyone seeing my stories knows that the majority of the one-shots are over a thousand words. That's my 'threshold', so to speak. If you can't get a one shot over that point, then you run the risk of heading into a brevity problem.
I've seen multitudes of stories on FF.net and DevArt that are several hundred words long and they don't do anything for me. One shots need to have some semblance of a story too.
What's even worse is when you come across a multi-chapter story that's less than a thousand words. Talk about building your story brick by brick. You should really be doing that in the planning stages, not as you're writing and submitting the story.
The only reason, to me, for people to have something below a thousand words is if your story has a schtick to it. It's strictly a first-person POV, it's only speech, and so forth. Something has to deviate it from a regular story in order for it to be that short.
And it should probably be really good.
Not that I'm saying mine are good, but I'm also not doing it on a consistent basis. There are people who consistently put out really short stuff and think that it's anywhere close to passable.
A few hundred words does not a story make. That doesn't even give you enough time to develop a situation, much less an entire story.
And if you really think about it, a thousand words isn't that much. I have trouble making chapters and stories below that. I'm sure most people could do it as well.
Hopefully the updates will happen on Friday. Can't guarantee it thought; I have a new job that requires a lot of attention since I'm a manager now. Here's to open I can update one story.
See you next time, ladies and gents.