Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Thursday afternoon #MiniPost, because small is the new big.

Let me get this right out in the open: The Thursday afternoon #MiniPost is not sponsored by Mini, not yet anyway, but it is inspired by Mini. True to its name, this post will be shorter than most, easy to park, good on fuel--and oh so fun to drive.

Part of the genesis of this creation is my theory is that small is the new big. Don't believe me? Let me direct your attention to my first (and only) item of evidence, Twitter. 200 million users--135K new users every day--can not be wrong. And why is Twitter so popular, you ask? Because we all have a limited attention span, that's why. There is a global ADD out there that makes the novelist in me very scared. On the less pessimistic side, there is something that Twitter can teach us: How to be concise. It never ceases to amaze me how much a talented writer can do with 140 characters. We blabber on about this all the time talking about writing prose: get your message across with as few words as possible, if a word can be cut out, cut it out. And yet Twitter has done more for teaching concise writing in ten years than every English Department in the Anglo/Saxon world has accomplished since William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066. Props to Twitter.

Maybe there's hope for me yet.

cheers, peter
Peter Hogenkamp is a physician and author living in Rutland, Vermont. Peter's writing credits include ABSOLUTION, the first book of The Jesuit thriller series; THE LAZARUS MANUSCRIPT, a stand-alone medical thriller; and The Intern, a serialized novel based loosely on Peter's internship, published bi-weekly on #Wattpad. Peter can be found on his Author Website as well as his personal blog, PeterHogenkampWrites, where he writes about most anything. Peter is the founder and editor of Prose&Consthe literary blog for readers and writers written by authors, editors, agents, publishers and poets; a frequent contributor and reviewer at ReadWave; the founder and moderator of groups on Facebook (The Library), Google+ (Fiction Writers Anonymous); and the chief of two tribes on Triberr, The Big Thrill and Fiction Writers. Peter tweets--against the wishes of his wife and four children--at @phogenkampvt and @theprosecons. Peter can be reached at or through his literary agent (Liz Kracht of Kimberely Cameron & Associates) at