Nikki Finke Chooses Fiction

Deadline founder dovetails to Dementia.

In the months since Nikki Finke went quiet, she has entertained all sorts of possible new directions.

This morning, in something of a surprise, Finke revealed that she will be a curator of fiction:

My website will present short stories, novellas and novel excerpts written by Hollywood insiders like myself. After 30 years as a journalist, I’m now going to expose the hard truths and gritty reality of showbiz through creative writing. In fiction, I can be more honest than just sticking to facts. The stories which I and others write won’t depict any actual Hollywood person or event. But they will marry artifice with verisimilitude into original content creation.

I don’t care if the site gets little traffic or The Powers That Be ever advertise. Instead, I’m setting up a TinyPass paywall and charging readers $1 for each post and paying writers from the proceeds once a month. I want to create a fiction forum not just for my own work but for all the creative writing talent which Hollywood attracts but rarely nurtures. I will run the website as well as write for it and market each fictional story to my 265,000+ Twitter followers.

The site is scheduled to launch in June, with story lengths ranging from 2,500 to 8,000 words. And just to completely underscore this next chapter, Finke has posted a new, current photo of herself. Welcome back.

— Peter S. Hall (@PeterSHall) May 18, 2015