How Many Words Does It Take?

How many words does it take to make a story? Hemingway did it in six: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” I’ve done a handful here in 100 words each — no more, no fewer. The short short, some call it. Sudden fiction. I’ve always liked pencil sketches – the way a few lines can excite my imagination to fill in the rest of the picture. These short shorts are word sketches. The story must get to the point and the writer has to choose only those essential elements necessary to excite a reader’s imagination to fill in the rest of the story.

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