“Ficlets” you ask?

In Too lazy to assign a category on March 13, 2007 at 9:46 pm

A ficlet is a short story that enables you to collaborate with the world.

Once you’ve written and shared your ficlet, any other user can pick up the narrative thread by adding a prequel or sequel. In this manner, you may know where the story begins, but you’ll never guess where (or even if!) it ends.

About Ficlets

Ficlets are shorter than short stories. Well, no, actually, they are short stories, but they’re really short stories. Really short, as in there’s not a maximum word count … there’s actually a maximum character count (1,024). There is also a minimum character count, and the number of that beast is 64.

If you wish, we’ll provide you with inspiration (photos, themes, suggested beginnings and endings, even other ficlets), but you’re completely free to blaze your own trail. Now, here’s where the real fun comes in: Each and every ficlet is modular in that, though you may have written a stand-alone story with a beginning, middle, and ending, your fellow ficleteers may choose to write a prequel or sequel to your story. In this respect, you can think of ficlets as literary Legos.

All ficlets are covered under Creative Commons, which means that if you wrote it, you own it. Period.

To give you an idea of what you can do with 1,024 characters, that is the exact length of this “About Ficlets” description.

Doesn't this sound like an excellent idea my dear Vox writers?


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  1. I am VERY excited about this. Although, already having problems with my openid. *frown*

  2. I created one back in 2005, over at MyOpenID, learned how to use my own URL as my OpenID, used it a few times on LiveJournal and LifeWiki, then kind of forgot about it …This brings back fond memories about FoaF …

  3. I was terribly cute and shy back then … *grin*

  4. sounds like fun. don't understand the connection to this open id thingy. but i'll be happy to participate 🙂 i'll chew chiclets and write ficlets or write chick lit ficlet or something like that. keep me posted on steps etc.

  5. sounds interesting!

  6. I was terribly cute and shy back then … *grin**grin* Well, I've created both an OpenID and signed up for Ficlets, but then got all distracted by a bunch of other things that came up. I sent you my url over there via SU, although I couldn't find you there because I don't see an obvious way to search for users.

  7. so when do we get started…"once upon a time…"

  8. ah now i'm clued in. i actually looked at the link; i thought this was something you were proposing for us here on vox. i'm not joining yet another writing community. thanks though.

  9. Sounds intriguing. I'll have to look into it when I get a bit of time.

  10. Of course, we could try something similar over here at Vox 🙂

  11. It would be interesting to do on Vox and there are a significant number of people self-identified as writers on here…. (Note, this is not an attempt to volunteer to get it off the ground 😉

  12. I think it would be an interesting little project if we did this here at Vox. I also think there should be a limit (like at Ficlets) on how long each entry can be… to keep it interesting and fun. We don't have a character count here, though counting words is fairly easy.

  13. i would be willing to participate if it was on vox. as to character counts, i'd just do an entry in word and then paste it here. i think the rules can be exactly the same.

  14. Hey yeah this is a pretty cool idea I'm fully for the idea of getting something going on here on Vox… plz keep me informed on how this is going to work…

  15. A little patience, I'll get to it. Meanwhile, try a 5 word challenge 🙂

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