And now a word from Lily, Typetrigger's founder:
Typetrigger is now one month old! Still a baby, but making us proud. When I thought of the idea for Typetrigger, I was pretty sure it would work. As a writer, I knew that constraints help me, and I thought that the super-tight limits of this system would push me to write more. Still, thinking something will work is a lot different than experiencing it, and on a purely personal level, I have to say that Typetrigger is doing for me exactly what I'd hoped: I am writing more spontaneously than I have in ages. Here is a little list of things that I love about Typetrigger, some of which were totally unexpected.
- Some triggers are pulling stories out of me that have been waiting a long time to get out. I thought they would take a long time to write. Instead, I get them out in ten minutes or so, and I cut to the real nut of the story. I am becoming better at this whole "universal" concept by cutting out a lot of the backstory.
- I am sometimes surprised that that constraints get me to reconsider the logic of my original ideas. Without more words to pontificate, I sometimes realize I am wrong (or right).
- By writing for a semi-public audience, I am moving away from a diary-like approach to story telling. Even when the story is about me, it is not for me.
- I love triggers. I am thinking in triggers. I enjoy seeing how people respond to triggers, sometimes with great creativity and humor. Once in a while triggers make people put on their literal pants and get cranky. I didn't expect that.
- People vote honestly. I was a little worried that, especially while it is young, Typetrigger's "liking" system would make people uncomfortable and there would be an artificial number of likes. Turns out people are pretty honest. I love that some of my own writings have zero likes, while others have many. I'm already learning from this community how to improve my writing.
- I love that people all over the world are here, writing and reading. I love that I don't know many of you, but I am getting to know your voices. It reminds me a little bit of having good pen pals when I read something that really resonates.
A friend asked me, "Aren't you excited? Don't you just want to go hug all your users?" And I've gotta say, he understood completely. Typetrigger is making me happy morning, noon and night. The things you all are writing are making me laugh and think. I read before bed and while I eat my toast, and not just because I started this thing. Awww, I'm getting teary.