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This morning in my news feeds, something caught my eye and I just had to bookmark it for later because it would not leave my mind all day long. In one of my feeds, there was a link to something called Hint Fiction, which proclaimed the most amazing feat I have ever heard of.
Hint Fiction is a book of stories that are all told in twenty-five words. I guess you could call this micro-micro-fiction. To be able to tell a story in twenty-five words is, I think, a definite skill. To be able to have an impact with just twenty-five words, to connect with your audience somehow in, virtually, the blink of an eye, must take discipline and a whole lot of practice.
This is a really intriguing idea to me. Of course my first thought is: how on earth do you fit all that a story needs and necessitates into twenty-five words? Look at it this way, I wrote about 50,000 words last year for National Novel Writing Month and my story is still not finished. At 50,000 words there is more in that story for me to tell. So, how can it be done in twenty-five? One hundred words? I can see that, I’ve even done that before. But a quarter of that amount? I just don’t understand…
If you’re interested in Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer, (or fewer?! How could you do it even less than 25 words?!), you can find it at Amazon. I may have to buy it simply out of curiosity. Contributing authors include prestigious names such as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers too.
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