Friday, July 17, 2009

Think Hemingway

Just a short post today.

How short can a short story be?

I wrote what is my most diminutive story today - 82 words, including the title!

What's the shortest story any of you have ever written and what are your views on this?

And for some wonderful short fiction I suggest you check out:


Jim Murdoch said...

I've never written one that short but Richard Brautigan's, 'The Scarlatti Tilt' is a hard act to follow:

"It's very hard to live in a studio apartment in San Jose with a man who's learning to play the violin." That's what she told the police when she handed them the empty revolver.

Rachel Fenton said...

I hadn't heard of that one, Jim, thanks. I like it. And anyone else who's ever heard anyone learning to play the violin at close quarters will like it, too!

Group 8 said...

Hey Rachel. I think 100 wds is my shortest. I have a 300 worder in my new book. It will baffle most people as short shorts often do!!

Can you mail me through the contact page on my website, btw? I have a question/proposition for you.

Rachel Fenton said...

Think most of what I write baffles people. Especially HOM - I really like the bit about the ghost, he said of my last one - there was no ghost in it!

I view some of mine as big overwritten poems. At least that way I can say the confusion is deliberate!

message sent - complete with typos...dunno what's wrotng with my typing lately!

Group 8 said...

I am a typo maniac. It's having kids...

Sent you a mail!