Of Few Words

Can you write a story in just ten words? How many words do you need if you keep in mind to keep it as short as possible? Start with a plan for 50 words and then begin lopping off wordage until you can get it down to 40 and then 30 and then 25 and 20 and maybe even…. 10! How low can you go?

Learning to edit extra words out is a priceless skill. But, you can only cut out so many before your story has lost it’s meaning. Cutting out a lot of words works best for a news story, not so great for fiction. But, don’t take that to mean you can go on a word kick and ramble on without rhyme or reason.

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