Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Hint Fiction

Recently I found out about a site called Hint Fiction.  The definition from their site is:
hint fiction (n) : a story of 25 words or fewer that suggests a larger, more complex story
They ran a contest and even have anthologies of Hint Fiction.  If you go to their site, you can read some examples. I decided to participate, along with other members of my writing group and it was so much fun!  I think I will have to get an anthology because they are addictive to read too.

Here are my entries (titles don't add to word count):

Life Sentence

"Great pie, honey, sure you don't want some?"
"No, I'm full."
He clutches his chest.
She smiles.
Her life sentence is almost over.

I'm Not Sorry

She ripped the necklace off her neck, ready to throw.
It sparkled in the moonlight.
She pushed him over the edge instead.

(c) Coreena McBurnie, 2011.

Any other creative types out there?  I would love to read you Hint Fiction!


  1. +JMJ+

    I love the idea of Hint Fiction! =D

    It reminds me of the "six word memoirs" inspired by Ernest Hemingway's six word short story: For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn

    Of the two stories you've shared here, the first one is my favourite. There's nothing like a spot of dark humour to flesh out a little hint! ;-)

  2. Hi Coreena,
    I'm enjoying your blog, and when I saw your masthead pic I knew that you too must live in the Pacific NW. I'm in NW Washington state... Sidne let me know that you're interested in participating in our brand new, currently small but mighty, Sunday Poetry Hop: swell! Momentum's growing and different people seem to participate each week.
    All you need to do is to post a poem of any sort (yours or someone else's) on your blog, then drop by the hop at any time on Sundays to add your link. We're just starting out, but so far everyone who's posting has also been hopping, so we're meeting new poetry-loving bloggers while we enjoy some stellar poems as well.
    So excited to see what you post on Sunday!

  3. Mmmm... Micro-stories: so much fun! As a teacher, I love to use them as warm-ups because the truncated form often produces such dramatic results, as yours did!

  4. Great work! I can definitely see the bigger pictures in the short hints!!

  5. Thanks everyone for the comments. I think Hint Fiction started because of that Hemingway story, though I cannot be positive.
    Laurie, I live a little more inland now, but get to the coast as often as I can. The photo is from Hornby Island. I am really excited to join the poetry hop and will be there this Sunday.

  6. What awesome examples. I really need to check out that site. Maybe it will help me. I even have a hard time writing 250 word queries LOL!

  7. It is so different writing something so short, but also lots of fun. It can really get the creative juices flowing.

  8. +JMJ+

    I vaguely remember leaving a comment under this post. I guess it was one of those Blogger "ate" last week? =(

    In case you didn't read it, what I said was that I'm really fascinated by such strict word limits on fiction. I've been reading the six-word memoirs in the anthology I Can't Keep My Own Secrets and marveling at how profound some of them are.

    My favourite so far: Contemplated joining circus. Foolishly chose college.

  9. Thanks for commenting again - I did lose some comments and a post with the Blogger thing. I love that memoir you posted, sounds like an interesting book!!

  10. +JMJ+

    Oh, look . . . Right after I left you that second comment, the first one came back! LOL!


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