Exercising the craft—August 12, 2013

By Ekta R. Garg

Prompt: Twitter chatter—Take a cue from Twitter and write a story in 140 characters or less. How does the space restriction tighten your writing or convey a message?

For inspiration, start with this classic [by Ernest Hemingway,] which tells a complete story in just 33 characters: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Once you’ve whittled your story down to the bones, use those lines as the premise for a longer piece.


I held his hand and said goodbye every day for a year.  When he died my heart dropped into a well of anguish…and guilt.  Guilt at my relief.

[According to the character count on Word, my piece is exactly 140 characters.]

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