Before I started blogging I wasn't familiar with flash fiction, drabbles, or other forms of very short fiction. I had seen a few short, short stories that were a sentence or two long, but I thought they were more like jokes or novelties than any serious writing form. I had seen the mini stories like those in Reader's Digest but I didn't think of those as a form of story-telling.
When I heard the term short story I tended to think in terms of ten or twenty pages. That's more my style since I tend to yammer on and on sometimes. I'm not content with stating things simply. I like descriptions, lengthy dialog, and prolific pondering. When it comes to putting things down on paper (or on the computer screen) I probably talk too much.
I guess I should probably learn the art of reticence. I need to learn how to KISS (Keep it short and simple).
How are you with keeping it short and simple? What do you do to keep from being overly wordy? Or do you prefer a certain element of wordiness? Is there a particular form of short writing that you particularly like?
During the A to Z Challenge Doris Plaster of "Hold my hand" A social worker's blog presented us with wonderfully crafted stories told in 50 words. She has now compiled these into Home Sweet Nursing Home, a book available from Amazon. Doris will be my special guest this Wednesday August 31.