May 21

Keeping it short

Keeping it short


You are going to write a very short story with, a beginning,  a middle and an end in 500 words.

The aim is to write well, keep the language concise and to make it crisp and well paced.

(read Economy of Language and also ‘Sometimes writing less is more’) before beginning this session)


1.A beginning does not necessarily mean a long introduction

2.The middle could be where you start!

3.An ending is not necessarily the same as ‘the climax’ or ‘the conclusion’.


Choose one of the following to include somewhere in your story:


  • An old notebook
  • A weighing scale
  • A bird
  • A chair
  • A single earring



Share and discuss. Look for interesting vocabulary, ‘shorthand’ ways of saying something, good examples of economy of language and focusing on the action.

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