In this day of very limited attention spans, the ability to effectively convey a message in the least amount of time is a prized gift. I am in awe of authors who display a keen sense of succinct storytelling. The only way to hone this skill is through regular practice. As a writer, I look for opportunities to work on pieces with as few words as possible. It's why I love flash fiction so much.
Recently, at a writer's workshop run by author, Camille DeAngelis, she brought with her a lovely mint-green colored mini-sized book, called Hint Fiction: An Anthology Of Stories In 25 Words Or Fewer. In it were over a hundred short-short stories that hinted to something larger or more complex, all told in no more than 25 words. It was thoroughly entertaining, to say the least. The anthology was edited by the creator of this new short-short form, Robert Swartwood, and contains stories by the likes of Joyce Carol Oats, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, and other exciting new writers.
After seeing this, I tried my hand at hint fiction and I love it. I think quite a few of you will too. As such, I am very proud and happy to tell you that I have permission from Mr. Swartwood himself, to feature hint fiction here on blog. Beginning this week's Wednesday's Word post, I will be challenging myself, and you, to use the given word in a piece of hint fiction.
I hope you'll try your hand at it in the comments section. Who knows? We might even make a contest out of it someday.