People don’t read 27 minute short stories on Medium
The proof is in the pudding.
This is entirely to be expected. 27 minutes is a serious time commitment, after all, and there are plenty of other quality stories on here to feast upon.
(Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head — oh, I’d never have to do this for Mufasa…)
Read ratios of stories that are longer than 10 minutes generally plummet to 25–30%. I’ve seen it time and again. Most writers on Medium realize the sweet spot is a piece somewhere between 2–5 minutes; unless, of course, it’s a journalistic report of some kind or a personal history.
Fiction must either have an irresistible hook or every sentence must act as a sort of cliffhanger, compelling the reader forward with every line. Which is a shame, because some of the most gratifying stories I’ve read on here have been longer ones.
They allow for a more immersive experience, deeper plot development, and stronger characterization. Longreads don’t just serve to entertain; they can envelope you like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s night.
Here are my own long short stories, if you’re interested.
I was a teenager when I learned to fly. But let’s be clear about one thing right off the bat. I’m not like Superman…medium.com
“You know, we would have to recalibrate our moral compass if it was discovered that Jesus had been a cat burglar…medium.com
This is no secret sweet cubbie hole where I can hibernate to hide from my problems. This is just a cluttered old office…medium.com
With audio accompaniment:
They had been driving north for the last twenty hours with little food and no rest between them. It was dusk on a…medium.com