So the other day I said I was going to have a big announcement sometime during the week.
Here it is.
After Story Number 599, I’m going to be shutting down A Twist Of Noir, such as it is.
Before you panic, please take a deep breath and read that last sentence again, especially the last four words.
Such as it is.
Currently, all of you know that the word count is 5,000 words or less.
After Story Number 599, that may change, depending on how everyone feels about the following.
When we get to Story Number 600, Jimmy Callaway, unless he refuses, will write that century mark story just as he’s written the previous five century mark stories.
After Story Number 600, I would like to issue a challenge to writers, chosen by yours truly, to write a story using as many words as the story number. So Story 601 would be 601 words long, Story 602 would be 602 words long and so on.
I’d ideally like to do this until Story Number 700 (which, again, would be written by Jimmy) and then the second shoe would drop.
In the last little while, I’ve been wanting to scale back on the word count on the site.
This would allow for a couple of thing to happen that I believe would be for the betterment of the site.
First, I would be able to read more stories in a timely manner and, second, because of this, I would be able to publish even more stories.
I’m thinking a pullback to 3,500 words per story.
For those of you that think that this might stop you from submitting to the site, don’t. There are other options, including splitting longer stories into parts, like the recent and excellent four-part Skin Saga by Richard Godwin.
And, from time to time, there will be exceptions to this rule. Special stories that might even exceed the 5,000 word mark that we currently sit at.
Finally, and after the challenge, there are varying features that I’d like to incorporate into the site. One of these features will be interviews with writers, allowing them to spill their guts about crime fiction and other subjects, if they so choose.
So there you have it.
As I said, the site’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Just changing and hopefully evolving.
What do you think of the challenge and would you like to take part in it?
What do you think of scaling back the word count?
What kind of features would you like to see?
I want to hear what everyone thinks. This means writers and readers.