BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Most stories we tell are under 500 words….Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

talking at a partyMost stories we tell in real life are under 500 words. You’re at a party, everyone has a glass of wine, and suddenly you have the floor. You throw out your little story like a grenade. ‘Once I knew a guy who…’ And if you have any social graces at all, you probably keep it under 500. So my advice would be this: Don’t get all up in your head thinking short-short stories have to be poetry without the line breaks. Don’t put on your beret. Just tell a story, an actual story. Quick, while they’re still listening.
Rebecca Makkai

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2 comments on “Most stories we tell are under 500 words….Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

  1. glenavailable
    January 10, 2016

    Love the metaphorical ‘don’t put on your beret’ line. Excepting Frank from SOME MOTHERS DO ‘AV ‘EM and the guy from MYTHBUSTERS, more people and in particular more writers should take that advice.

  2. bridget whelan
    January 10, 2016

    I also like the idea that very short fiction doesn’t have to be poetry without the line breaks…

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