The challenge: Write a piece that is only 50 words.
Hours spent finding the perfect card, and hours agonizing over the words. It has a dog on it, he likes dogs. And there’s a joke, everyone likes to laugh, right? And the words: “Happy Birthday. I love you. Wish I was there. ” Now I just have to mail it.
Can I just say how hard that was to do? Recently, in a “Word Sprint” for Camp NaNo, I pumped out 639 words in 10 minutes. And they are relatively decent words for the story I’m working on. But, those 50 words, the story above, probably took me at least an hour or so… a few false starts, and lots of word-smithing. Being one prone to rambling when I begin to work on the page, this was a particularly challenging challenge. I like description (to read and to write). I have a hard time writing endings because I don’t like the concept of endings — I want the story to keep going, and I don’t know how to make it stop. 50 words… definitely makes me evaluate the importance of each word, and the way that the sentences are structures. A good challenge, a good exercise, but I think I’ll stick with my novels. 🙂