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Derek Flynn

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An experiment in something new, I call “V-Fiction”.

For the past couple of weeks on this blog, I’ve been talking about how musicians and writers have combined music and writing. There’s one other element to this that I haven’t mentioned yet and that’s video. With the advent of new technology, an exciting new development is the merging of – not only words and music – but also imagery. I mentioned in a previous post about authors putting together soundtracks for their novels. A lot of writers have been using video as well as music to advertise their books. Many have also created book trailers with music and images or video. Many authors, book reviewers and bloggers have done “video blogs” or “v-blogs”, as they’re known. (My friend, Leanne Waters, author of the upcoming ‘My Secret Life: A Memoir of Bulimia’, has done several: http://leannewaters.tumblr.com/)

People have also been talking a lot about flash fiction lately. Crime writer and fellow Writing.ie blogger, Declan Burke, wrote in a recent Irish Times article: “Flash fiction – very short, bite-sized stories – has become the favourite form of many writers. It’s succinct, punchy and effective – perfect for the online reader and perfectly in synch with the times.” Writer Warren Ellis calls it “burst culture”: “Short bursts are the way to go. Every day, millions of people download single lumps of data that take them three minutes to consume. They’re called mp3s. It’s a burst culture.”

So this week, I thought I’d do something different and combine the three elements – video, music and words: something I call “V-Fiction”.

With the amazing amount of software that’s available – including free software such as Windows Movie Maker – this is easy to do. The video footage I used is taken from a performance piece by visual artist, Ruth Flynn. The words and music are mine.

 

I’d love to hear what you think of this in the comments below.

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