1. Bravo, Matt! After a day of writing—and then counting—words, it’s refreshing to take a break and find your smart, provocative and thoughtful post. Look forward to part two!

    • Thanks, Ian. I appreciate the kind words. This has been an issue that’s been rolling around in my head for months, and when I began to see wildly differing reader reactions to “short” fiction (that might be anywhere from 2,000 to 13,000 words), I knew I wanted to take a stab at figuring it out.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. ooohhhh, good one matthew!

    “reader satisfaction, has been the poor, unwashed cousin in this relationship. Our tastes in literature over the last century have been shaped as much the 300 page standard as they have by story-telling, literary merit, or creative genius”

    you should add those digg etc buttons! gonna digg it anyways 😉


  3. Hi Adan! Thanks again for keeping up with the blog.

    I guess my statement about the power of the 300 page limit is a bit cheeky, but when I think about the very first time I asked, as a writer, “Why are novels almost always around 300 pages (or 75,000 words)?” and the answer came back, “So that you won’t compete with NYT Bestsellers for shelf space, stupid”, I’m thankful there’s a whole new medium (epublishing) that will get us beyond that. It’s almost laughable to think that something as precious as literature has been constrained (albeit in part) for 100+ years by the size of the box it comes in…

    Thanks for the heads-up about Digg. I’ll look into it!

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