I write stories and some of them are very short or as I call them, Nano Stories. These are “imaginary books and their stories” with the entire bibliographical citation “made-up”. I write all through the year and I really concentrate on my Nano Stories in November as the time changes, evenings darken more quickly and the mornings are misty and bleak.
I use vintage typewriters, index cards, or small sheets of paper to compose my Nano Stories and most times make the final story for a type-cast that I post online. The clicktey-clack of typing slugs (the letters) striking the paper show up on social media, like in this blog, or on someone’s feed, or on tee-shirts as typed words of another era.
I was approached to make one such Nano Story that was less than a hundred words a bit longer. “You know, fill out the details, involve other characters, and stretch it some, plot twists are always good.”
I reckoned the story was compact and gave all it could in less than one hundred words. I offered to write a different story more likely to fit their need.
“Nope,” this story in question was just the ticket for some ‘filler stories’ in an anthology. I offered several more of my Nano Stories to help fill the ‘holes’ in the up-coming story collection book.
“Nope, fix this one, please.” I liked the polite tone so I set to work fixing my story that I didn’t know needed repaired.
I worked on it for three days on and off. The story would not budge.
When I was next contacted, “How’s that re-write going. Did you get it stretched out some?”
“Well, that’s too bad.”
“Yep, sometimes if you stretch a story out beyond its intended boundaries the reader will see through it then everyone is embarrassed.”
My story didn’t make the book.
As a side note, vintage typewriters have made a counter-cultural come-back of sorts. Will the old machines become mainstream? Let’s wait to see. The Revolution will be typewritten!