By Nichole Giles
One of my favorite things about writing is being able to tell a story. My husband was on Facebook the other day, and someone had updated her status. In four short lines, she’d told an entire hilarious story that went something like this:
Short-short story: Raging headache. Found two baby Asprin, I thought, washed them down with four-shot latte. Turns out they were maximum strength Dulcolax. Unhappy ending.
I laughed out loud because in those short sentences, I could vividly picture this woman’s whole, miserable day. What a great story. People tell stories like this regularly, even if they’re not quite so succinct.
Consider Twitter users. Each update must be 140 characters or less—including punctuation and spaces. Here’s my update from last weekend:
Got confirmation, my copies of Mockingjay have been shipped. Also, discovered Red Vines now come in grape flavor #itsagoodday #yumgrape.
Is that really a story? What about this tweet courtesy of author Daron Fraley?
Fun-size candybars are a LIE.
Think about something that’s happened to you today. Can you tell the story in four lines or less? 140 characters or less? 10 words or less? I’d love to see your attempt. Do share!