Friday, January 11, 2013

Write Short.

"Bobs, tempers, collection rejection letters, kinds of love, postcards, nicknames, baby carots, myopia, life flashing before eyes, gummy bears, the loser's straw, Capri pants, charge on this phone battery, a moment on the lips (forever on the hips), capri pants, velvet chokers, six months to live, penne, some dog-tails . . . "   from the Introduction to Life is Short, Art is Shorter by David Shields and Elizabeth Cooperman

The partial list above begins the authors' treatise on how short writing makes more impact than longer work. They quote samples from many authors. Here are a few:

The fascinating questions of Art.  What is between A and B - David Mamet
A simple hair across a scoop of ice cream will do much to repel people - Gordon Lish
What the detail is to the world of facts, the moment is to the flow of time. - Charles Baxter
Dissect, disassemble, break the short-short down. - David Shields
Your mind can encompass a very short story in a way it can't grasp a novella or a novel - like a hand closing over a stone with the word sadness painted on it. - Jay Ponteri

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a whole book - what everyone else does not say in a whole book - Nietzsche

Creative Write:  Make a list similar to the one above. Use this inspiration to write ten sentences.

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