Thursday, April 28, 2011

GUEST POST: James Hutchings talks short stories!

Please help me welcome James Hutchings, author of the short-story collection "Two-Fisted Tweets." Thirty stories, all less than 140 characters. Sounds like a blast! Without further ado... James!

Two-Fisted Tweets is a collection of thirty short stories. Each is less than 140 characters (the length of a Twitter tweet).

I've always been more interested in short stories than in novels, both writing and reading. However, if I hadn't discovered the Nanoism and PicFic websites, who publish tweet-length writing, I don't think I ever would've written anything that short.

I've been surprised how much you can get into a tiny number of words. This is especially true in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where there are common plots that you can suggest by mentioning one or two elements.

I think I'm partly reacting against the tendency towards huge 'doorstop' novels, where every story has to be 1000 pages long and part of a series. It seems to be especially severe in fantasy, I guess because of the long shadow of Lord of the Rings.

I don't want to write a blurb that's longer than the book, so I'll stop there. If you're interested, the homepage for the book is is here, and my blog is here.
Thanks for joining us, James! Be sure to follow the links above to find James and buy the book. And my apologies for the late posting of this guest post - blogger did not post it as scheduled, sigh.

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda ~!~

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