Let’s Make This Quick

I’m the first to admit I’m a verbose writer. I’ve got multiple 170+K books to prove it. Therefore, the art of writing in quick bursts with minimal words is a skill that exceeds my ability. I find it easy to craft stories when I have as many words as I want at my disposal. But build a story in just 10 words? Six words? Now we’re talking tough.

If you haven’t met Sarah Brentyn before, let me introduce you. I’ve known her for years now, met her through blogging and followed her from her original Blogger blog to Lemon Shark on WordPress where she now resides. She’s also a queen of short fiction.

Her book, Hinting at Shadows, is on sale for the month of October for only $0.99. From flash fiction to microbursts, she’s built a collection of stories that leave you mulling over them for days after. Plus, they’re like candy, where you know you can nibble bits at a time, but you just can’t stop until you’ve consumed it all.

Be sure to pick up your copy while it’s on sale. And then, if you like that, check out her next volume, On the Edge of a Raindrop!

Do you enjoy short fiction? Have you met Sarah before? Have you ever tried to write a six word story?

Loni Townsend

About Loni Townsend

Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

22 thoughts on “Let’s Make This Quick

  1. I love the name of her blog.

  2. I can’t manage a six word story. I’ve tried. As for shorter fiction, it depends. I have a hard time getting into short stories, but novellas are generally OK.

  3. I’m verbose too. It’s a trait that follows me in real life too, lol.

    I do love short stories and quick stories. When I get busy, they’re the perfect snack.

  4. I’m brief but I don’t think I could be six words brief.

  5. I think we’ve been following each other on Twitter for at least a few months now. I actually just downloaded her ebook of microfiction a couple of minutes before I read this blog post. I love it when things like that happen.

    • Sarah Brentyn

      We have been and I’m loving your marketing and pubtips. 🙂 Thank you so much for grabbing a copy of Hinting! Hope you enjoy it.

  6. I LOVE flash fiction. It’s like going straight to the climax (which, if we can be honest, is the best part) but yes! Takes definite skill! I’ll check her out 🙂

    • Sarah Brentyn

      Good to see a fellow fan of flash. (Pardon the excessive alliteration.) If you do check the books out, I hope you find them…er…interesting, at least. Wonderful at best. ? Thanks!

  7. Cool. I like being a queen residing with sharks. Thank you for this amazing post, Loni. And just the right length, too. 🙂

    So appreciate the shout-out and wonderful words about my collection(s).

  8. I’ve enjoyed much of the short fiction I’ve read. I think I’d have a tough time keeping things short. It’s an art.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  9. Congrats to Sarah! I have written flash fiction and micro fiction before, but I don’t think they were quite six words short.

  10. Excellent! I love flash and micro fiction! My shortest stuff usually comes in at 25 words, although over the (many!) years I’ve been writing, there have been a handful of even shorter bursts.

    • Sarah Brentyn

      Another flash fan. Nice! And micro, too. It’s a unique and challenging form but I love it. Will check out your site. Cheers!

  11. I really LOVE short fiction. I’m a flash fiction junkie.
    Hinting At Shadows – love the open yet suggestive title… now my curiosity has been piqued. Congrats Sarah!

    Loni, just wanted to say that I really, really enjoyed your Full Dark anthology story… ?

    • I couldn’t resist – popped over to Amazon and purchased the book!

    • Sarah Brentyn

      Thank you! 🙂 That makes me so happy. I hope you enjoy it.

      P.S. I LOVED Loni’s story in Full Dark. It’s a fantastic piece.

  12. Long…. short…. I like everything that lures me into the story and makes me forget where I am.

  13. I can’t even begin to imagine writing a six word story. It sounds like poetry in a way where ever single word is so crucial and you have to choose them so carefully. I love Sarah’s cover 🙂

  14. Anna

    I like candy. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  15. I do enjoy short fiction, both writing them and reading them, but I don’t think I could do six-word stories. I may have to give it a try some time.

  16. I write short stories, but I don’t think I could ever manage one in only six words!

  17. The shortest I’ve written was 100 words.

    Sounds like a great collection!

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