The Art of Sparsity

It’s been a busy couple weeks (as evidence by the fact that I’m still awake and working). I did want to share one small thing. My prose tends to be minimalistic. I don’t pad my word count with flowery language or filler. I’ve tried. It just doesn’t work well for me. I look at writing like painting a picture. I start by sketching out the framework. Next I fill in the major elements, define the lines and highlight the edges. From there, it’s a matter of filling in the gaps, some strokes broad and others very thin, laying on the paint until I have a picture I’m satisfied with.

One of the forms I’ve enjoyed reading is the six word story. To me, it’s an awesome example of the art of sparsity. Hemingway once wrote “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Six words, but the story it tells!

There’s an ongoing thread of six word stories over at Absolute Write. Here was mine:

Moon falling. Earth colliding. Sudden death.

Now, back to work.

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