Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hint Fiction

I've noticed some folks blogging about "Hint Fiction." This is a new concept for me and I'm not sure that I get the gist of it. Is it something like the following?

The sound echoes in the hallway. A shadow, a movement, a bullet screams. Images flicker in the child’s eye. Nothing left but silence.

He asks me for a taste, a little nibble. My body tenses. I flush. I’m burning inside, even as my thighs part…

So am I way off?


  1. Seems about right.

    25 words or less to suggest a larger story. I can't really see the point. Wasn't it Hemingway that came up with the six word story? "For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn"

    I'm struggling to expand into longer works. The last thing I need to do is this. If I want a story without description or character development, I'll just write one of my normal stories, thank you very much.

  2. Oh, I remembered another one, but I can't remember who wrote it. Ah, found it:

    "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."

  3. I agree with you...I have a novel to finish and this is just a distraction. But I was curious...

  4. They were very good, Kat. I'm quite tempted to join in but like you I'm working on my novel and now a short story. Back to see you soon. J

  5. BTW, K@, how'd you get on with critters?

  6. Thanks Jarmara, :)

    Hey Anton, it's all subjective. Some folks liked it, some didn't. A lot of people didn't like putting the suicide first. A lot of them took issue with the doctor, the source of his power, etc.

    Some of them I agreed with, some I didn't. I'll do my rewrite and play around with a few ideas they inspired and we'll see what happens.

    The bottom line is that an editor won't blow smoke up my ass, so it's a good idea to rip apart a story if it makes it more publishable.

  7. I was conflicted about the suicide. It makes the ending rather inevitable. If you'd squeezed another twist out of the suicide at the actual end of the story it would have justified teasing it at the start.

    You really have internet trolling down perfectly. Must come from a lot of practice. ;-)

  8. Troll?

    Hmmmmm, seems someone needs a good flogging.