“A story of twenty-five words or fewer can have as much impact as a story of twenty-five hundred words or longer.” Editor Robert Swartwood in his anthology of hint fiction named…
Through just a few concise words, a hint fiction suggests a much larger picture or “chain of events.” Such writing is a challenge in brevity and the ability to affect the reader in a powerful way. Lydia Davis and Joyce Carol-Oates are examples of those who write both hint and long fiction stories.
Here are two examples from the above book.
1. The Return by Joe r. Landsdale
They buried him deep.
2. What Didn’t Happen by Janet e. Gardner
His life did not flash before his eyes, but his mouth filled with the taste, perfectly remembered from childhood, of lemon buttercream frosting.
Watch for the upcoming monthly contests through Shelfstealers.com where we’ll challenge writers and readers to write such stories.
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