Beyond Flash Fiction

August 23, 2007 at 6:05 pm | Posted in writing | Leave a comment
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Internet writing. A new genre? Beyond flash fiction…

A lot of people spend a lot of time reading from a screen these days, and it seems to me there has been little work done by professional writers that acknowledges that the dynamic of reading is changed when the source of light is directly behind the page, that acknowledges that scrolling interrupts reading, that there is a fundamental difference in the way energy is contained in the words and transmitted to the reader. My, what a long sentence. Here at gingaTao! We acknowledge that difference and celebrate it. In fact one of gingaTao’s favourite sayings is, Celebrate Diversity! (It is what made us so successful as a species after all.)

Everyone knows that commercial publishing on paper is moribund with the demands of commercialism and the need to speak to lots of people all at once in a generic tone. Modern literary fiction is not read much and is uncommercial because it is boring to people whose attention spans have been compressed by communication time machines like these.

But who cares, let it die like the trees on which it is printed died. Writing has always had to pay it’s way with clever craft and wiccadey skills. You must have something to say about something other than yourself and be able to do it with rhythm….gingaTao!

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