If gimmick is even the right word for this.
And then there were Two isn’t something I’m all that happy with, but the idea of the “gimmick” (freaky shit with doppelgänger) popped into my head and I just had to see how that’d work for a bit. Turns out it’s absolutely awful to write about, I doubt I would’ve been able to stay sane had I written a third part. Still, I tried it out, and that in itself was a lot of fun.
Sure, I could’ve fleshed out all the cool things you could do with such a power, but that would’ve required either jumping into the middle of things (which, for an obscure ability as this, could’ve been confusing) or a whole bunch of additional setup, which was too big of a commitment for me to make. Not to mention I couldn’t think up any truly interesting use cases at the time of writing, so there’s that as well.
But that’s exactly it, the commitment. If I stick to potentially short stories, I am so very free in my writing. I do not have to worry about what I wrote before this, or what I will be writing after. I can do what I want to do, even if it’s just a couple of paragraphs, and then leave it at that. Doesn’t stop me from trying to make the reader feel like there’s so much more (which is something I definitely should be trying harder to do sometimes), but doesn’t force me to either.
Definitely the comfiest kind of writing.