Readers love to share unusual tidbits about writing with me, and I love it! I always ponder them, sometimes post them, and, on a good day, even try them.
But, two ideas I received recently prompted me to put on the brakes: (1) the drabble, and (2) the cell phone novel.
A drabble is a short work of fiction of 100 words in length.
Its purpose is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express meaningful ideas in a confined space.
Brevity is a problem for me. With any topic. So, I won’t be tempted to try this one.
Besides, I’m also an avid reader, and if a book is good, it’s never long enough anyway. So, 100 words? No thanks.
The Cell Phone Novel
A cell phone novel is a literary work written on a cellular phone via text messaging. Chapters consist of about 70-100 words each due to character count limitations.
The first such novel was “published” in 2003 in Japan, and allegedly became so popular it was published as a “real” book with 2.6 million copies sold in that country, then spun off into a television series, a manga (Japanese comic), and a movie.
Can you imagine writing a novel on your cell phone?
Not this gal. The mere thought of trying to compose a novel on a phone reminds me of that famous line by the acerbic (and always wise) Violet, Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, who—when attempting to use a telephone for the first time—said: “Is this an instrument of communication or torture?”
Violet, honey, I’m right there with you; texting out a novel would be torture.
I’m curious – Do you like your novels long or short?