Same with writing. I write and write and write, and subtract most of it. What's left is a bare bones small narrative of my very small life.
That is why I was intrigued by something I read on a blog this week. The back story goes something like this: On a dare, Ernest Hemingway once boasted that he could write a compelling story in six words. There's no evidence that it's true, but like good fiction, it could be. For our story here, he wrote this:
"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
Your assignment? Write a six word story to share. With several examples, I'll go first.
- Another month passed. She wasn't pregnant.
- Desperate for respect, he overlooked courtesy.
- "Don't call or write," he said.
- She prayed. The pain was overwhelming.
- He slammed the gate and left.
- Desperate for attention, she sold herself.
- It was summer. She was cold.