I read this article today on NPR Fiction: “Hint Fiction Celebrates the (Extremely) Short Story”. I love this sort of challenge and remembered a #tweetstory I wrote a while back.
Tweets are a maximum of 140 characters, including spaces (unless you use that twitter software that lets you write longer ones that it condenses into a link for the reader to click to read the rest–cheating if you ask me). Now imagine writing an entire story in a tweet. Every word choice is critical. That’s a form of hint fiction.
Hint fiction, according to the article, is 25 words or less. Bingo! My #tweetstory was 24 words long and here she is (text shortcuts used to hold the character count below 140, have been spelled out in their entirety):
If older women are invisible to society, would their crimes go unsolved? Ma decided to test her theory. She was right for seven days.
Did I tell a story? Did I avoid having it sound like a first sentence or a random thought? These are the typical rookie mistakes according to the article.
So, dear readers, I challenge you to try your hand at “Hint Fiction”, either on your own blog with a link in a comment here or simply post your 25 word or less story in the comment itself.