Monday, April 11, 2016

Five Reasons to Write Hint Fiction (by just me)


The Five Reasons to Write Series is off to a slow start with Super-Powered Guests Coming Next Month! 

For now, I'm just adding a few posts to build the fire . . . I mean, fervor. Hmm.

5 Reasons to Write Hint Fiction with 5 Links

1. Topping out at 25 words a story, hint fiction is short enough to write on a coffee break.

2. It's fun! I bet you can't write just one.

3. Subject matter is everywhere. Look out the window. Stare at the desk. Glance at a headline. All systems go, and you have a story.

4. It gets me through the daunting days of writing. I can at least write one hint fiction story - even if I don't have time, confidence, or brain-power for anything longer, 

5. There are markets for it, and it's a good way to start spreading your author name all over cyberspace.

A brief history: legend has it, hint fiction was created/coined by Robert Swartword in 2009.

Markets for Hint Fiction and Micro-fiction


This post brought to you via a celebration for getting five more hint fiction stories published in the April 2016 edition of Nailpolish Stories! 


30 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's like writing a logline. I could do that.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes, you could!

Denise Covey said...

I must write one on my coffee break! Congrats on getting your stories published in Nail Polish Stories!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I hadn't heard of this. Congrats on getting published!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congratulations on all those Nailpolish Stories! Awesome!

I was in that very first Hint Fiction Anthology, and the whole experience blew my mind. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Denise!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Natalie!

Tyrean Martinson said...

That's so cool, Madeline!!!
And, thanks! :)

cleemckenzie said...

Great news about your publications, Tyrean, and I like your idea of writing these "Hint Fiction" pieces.

Chemist Ken said...

I haven't heard about hint fiction before. Just goes to show you how much (or little) I know.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, C.Lee!

Tyrean Martinson said...

It's kind of new and experimental, and I just stumbled upon it a few years ago - otherwise I wouldn't know either.

Karen Lange said...

Five excellent reasons! Now, for some reason, I am in the mood to write fiction...

Enjoy the rest of the week! :)

mshatch said...

I have a hard time writing short, but once in a while something will spark a short piece.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Karen! Have a wonderful week!

Tyrean Martinson said...

But you're a great novelist! :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I've never heard of it. I'd like to know a bit more. Are you actually getting paid for your publications?

Tyrean Martinson said...

Rarely. Only a few of the markets are paying markets. However, I still think it's fun to write, and it's a great writing exercise to keep the creativity going.

Cherie Reich said...

I think the smallest story I've told was a drabble (100 words). I think hint fiction would be fun to write.

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

I don't think I could write something that short and feel like it was finished. I admire your ability to write fiction in so many different lengths.

Yolanda Renee said...

I've done the Epresso Shorts, I'll check out the other links. I love dabbling with it. Especially when I feel blocked elsewhere, it's always cleared the cobwebs. LOL
Congratulations on your success with it!

Heather R. Holden said...

So many great reasons! Hint fiction sounds like it'd be a lot of fun to write, for sure. And that's amazing about your latest publications. Congrats! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

It is fun to write! Way to go with all of your hard work at writing, Cherie! Your monthly word counts amaze me.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Lori! I just think it's fun to experiment, although I do struggle with anything between 1,500 words and 28,000 words - the usual short story length.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes, that's why I like it too! No more cobwebs!

Thanks!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Heather!

Murees Dupé said...

I admire people that can write short fiction. I tend to overwrite. But I will definitely give it a try.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I admire people who can write lengthy fiction - I'm trying to make my next novel an 80,000 word rough draft . . .

S. M. Pace said...

I have never heard of this before, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I love the challenge of writing the shortest story possible.

mshatch said...

I've written a few short stories but I have trouble keeping things short.