Janet Ference, Writer
I write short fiction, novels, and plays. I love the worlds I can create with words. It’s always a surprise to discover the lives of the people in these worlds, and I’m grateful to lose myself in the mystery of their stories.
Recently, while taking a break from my novels, I delved into the very short form fiction I call ‘twitter tales.’ Known by many names, very short stories, microfiction, or nanofiction, among others, this form derives from the constraints of the 140-character limit for a single tweet.
I’ve published a collection of my twitter tales, Between Blinks, artfully short stories. For more about this, check out my “Between Blinks” page.
In writing these wee stories, I find that a character or theme or setting, maybe a bit of action or dialogue, will be gifted to me during the day, much like the inspiration for any other work of fiction. As I draft these stories, though I do think of the brevity required, I usually find I’ve penned a longer piece. Then I must pare the words away, seeking the heart of the tale, while working to craft unexpected actions, rich themes, and intriguing characters. If I can squeeze in some humor, heart, or beauty in the process, I know I’ve written a ‘real’ story. And I love the immediacy of sharing these tales with readers around the world through social media.
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