Ficlets – When you just want to write a little bit

by kalbzayn on March 21, 2007

The Struggling Writer has been tauting a new site called Ficlets for a little while now, so I decided to go over and check it out.

My first thought was “Crap!”  I had an idea a little while back that was almost exactly the same thing.  Oh well.  You snooze you loose.

The concept is that you post very short story segments between 64 and 1024 characters.  Yes characters, not words.  If you are not sure how much you can get done in 1024 characters, check out the Ficlets about page which just happens to be 1024 characters.  It’s probably more than you expect.

After you create your little bit of brilliant prose, you or another author can add another piece to continue the story.  I noticed they also give you the ability to add a piece to the beginning of the story.  That’s a nice touch I had never thought of.

Overall I love the concept and besides the big black box of text on the main page, I think the site looks very nice.  My only complaint is that their doesn’t seem to be a nice index type page for an individual story.  There are links at the bottom of the post that take you to the previous page or the next page of the story.  Here is the link to one of the segments of one of The Struggling Writer’s stories.  It is easy to get to the previous or next story, but I want to get to the original opening piece.  The only way I can find to do that is to go back piece by piece which could get annoying if you happen to stumble into the 50th entry of a story and want to find out what has been happening.

I would also like to see a link to the page with a list of authors.  I know it exists because I chopped of the author name from Struggling Writers profile and it took me there, but I don’t see any links for it anywhere on the site.

If they can clean up the navigation a bit, I think they will have a very nice site on their hands and a great way for writers to spend a small segments of time being creative and mingling with other writers.

The site is pretty new so they I would imagine they will make several improvements as they develop.


Paul March 21, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Thanks for the links. They are working on some of the bugs (though there aren’t too many) and some of the usability. They were talking about some kind of diagram that would allow you to easily see/navigate the different parts of a story. I look forward to seeing that.

Kelly Parra March 22, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Sounds interesting and fun! I’ll have to go take a look. :)

kalbzayn March 25, 2007 at 5:17 pm

It will e interesting to see if they can get a decent following and keep it going. I’m also looking forward to them getting rid of the giant black box on the main page. It is a really horrid first thing to see on a site.

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