Brevity has the power to be a writer's best friend. A great writer has the ability to compose lyrical prose one moment and cut to the chase the next. Brevity will help a journalist stay within maximum word counts, a greeting card writer pack a punch, a novelist write a successful query and a copywriter create memorable slogans.
When writing, challenge yourself to summarize the main points in one to two paragraphs and make sure that the summary is at the heart of the matter. Anything else should support that core story. You can do this before or after writing, depending on your personal style. Those who outline and prepare first can do it before sitting down to write the story itself and use it as a road map; those who allow the words to tumble out first and find the story later can use it to guide rewrites.
Today's writercize, inspired by the Group Blogging Experience, challenges you to be succinct.
writing exercise: Using exactly 100 words (including title), write a story with a beginning, middle and end inspired by the topic of lying.
Click "read more" to see writercizer sample response about how Naomi (meaning: honest) learned deceit.writercizer reponse:
When she was very, very young, Naomi saw her mother spill a bottle of wine on the living room carpet. Flustered, her mother moved the couch to cover the stain. When Naomi’s father arrived home that night, he saw the couch had been moved and returned it to its rightful spot, exposing the deep maroon spot. The next morning, Naomi’s mother called in the maid, accused her of the stain and fired her. Thus, Naomi’s father was satisfied that justice had been served and her mother breathed a sigh of relief. Naomi learned wives lie for household peace.