This thing amused me a lot – especially after having just completed Atlas Shrugged – which is about 1200 pages long!
Have you heard of ‘Flash fiction’? (or ‘sudden fiction’ or ‘microfiction’, ‘micro-story’ or ‘postcard fiction’ or ‘short short story’)
I hadn’t – till I came across this Ernest Hemingway’s six-word flash,
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn”
Yes, that’s the whole story! Apparantly Ernest Hemingway was once prodded to compose a complete story in six words; Hemingway accepted the challenge and came up with this story…and it is said that he rated it the best among his work.
I explored a bit on this and found that such form of writing is called ‘flash fiction’ i.e. fiction of extreme brevity.
Wired magazine had published a compilation of few of them
The one I liked is:
Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.– William ShatnerAndWe went solar; sun went nova.– Ken MacLeod
After this I collected a few interesting attempts by various bloggers/ writers:
Shit or get off the pot.You’re not my wife? My bad.the pattern was perfect. well, no.<span class="
span” style=”font-size: small;”>hmmmm….there must me something more…I hate long goodbyes. Just leave.
Another interesting thing I found was:
The World’s Shortest Horror Story:
“The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock at the door.”
(author unknown to me)
Cool, isn’t it? It really amazes me – The power of words – when used sparingly 🙂