Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Experimenting with Brevity

Gabby Goh picked up the story about the six word memoirs in the Malay Mail today, and also finds three other very interesting "microfiction" sites you might like :

One Sentence

"Most of the best stories that we tell from our lives have one really, really good part that make the rest of the boring story worth it. This is about that one line. This is about telling the most interesting or poignant story possible in the least amount of words. This is about small bite-sized pieces of extraordinary lives and ordinary lives alike... the happy, the sad, the funny, the depressing."

"When the brain tumor failed to kill her, we were convinced that it’s because evil doesn’t die." — fancy spatula

Four Word Film Review (FWFR)

"When the FWFR was first conceived, the idea was to accept four word reviews of films. The domain was paid for, the logo designed and the name had a kinda’ catchy ring to it. Over time the site and its aims have evolved, however, as it became increasingly more obvious four words was great fun for summing up films also.

These days, the FWFR offers a mixed bag of content – some summaries, some reviews, some a bit of both, but all of them valid comments in one way or another of the film in question." — benj clews

Micro Horror

Founded and edited by Nathan Rosen, the site is a free online archive for horror microfiction – in 666 words or less.

Microfiction is also referred to as flash fiction or short-short stories. The general goal of a microfiction author is to tell a story, set a mood or depict a scene in as few words as possible.

"Horror, I’ve come to believe, is particularly well suited to the microfiction form, and the best horror microfiction can be as brief and shocking as a punch to the stomach," writes Rosen.

Budding horror writers are welcome to submit their articles.


Kak Teh said...

Yes, I 've seen some bloggers doing one sentence stories.

Walker Moore said...

There is also microblogging of course. The concept spawned by Twitter. (I seem to use Twitter as more of a chat room though. <_<)

I love Flash Fiction. The Four Word Film Review would be good if it wasn't for the manual approval mechanism. It completely breaks the immersion for anybody posting reviews.

bibliobibuli said...

i haven't twittered yet. technologically slooow.