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Special Fiction For Smart Phones and Tablets

Tbe "vertical" writing style peculiar to screenwriting lends itself especially to writing stories for smart phones and tablets, which is the focus of Stories In Overdrive.


Stories In Overdrive Offers Stories For Smart Phones And Tablets

Portland, OR, USA – Charles Deemer has launched “Stories In Overdrive,” a series of fast-paced novellas designed especially to be read on smart phones and tablets. The first title, “Stop the Whistleblower,” was released on June 13, 2013. Deemer plans to publish a new title every six to eight weeks.

In “Stop the Whistleblower,” Ray, a corporate employee, plans to expose the dangerous side effects of the company’s “suntan pill”, which is based on a new Temporary Genetic Manipulation technology (TGM). But before Ray can break the news at a stockholders meeting, he is slipped an overdose of the suntan drug -- and wakes up as a black man. Now nobody will believe him and, moreover, he gets arrested for the disappearance of his own white self!

Deemer got the idea of a special writing style for reading on smart phones and tablets from teaching screenwriting at Portland State University for 15 years. “In screenwriting,” says Deemer, “we use the term ’vertical writing’ to indicate that the eye should move down the page, not across the page. Story elements take precedence over rhetorical flourishes. The story is the thing. Watching my students read on their smart phones, it occurred to me that this vertical writing style was perfectly suited to electronic devices and that stories could be told this way.”

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