One sentence: 26 words

She could have had this, once. As Debbie twirled in yet another laced ivory dress, veil flowing around her, Sandrine thought ‘This could have been me’.



2 responses to “One sentence: 26 words

  1. Thanks. I really didn’t realise the potential in this short piece until you commented!
    I’ve always been one to over-write, so find that sometimes shorter pieces say more than most. I’m still learning though, and it’s all part of the journey.

    Your exercise sounds intriguing. I might try it as it could be a real challenge.

    Thanks for reading.

  2. Very nice! I love how you’ve condensed an entire story (and endless questions about where it began and where it might lead) into one sentence. Do you find that placing constraints (number of words, etc.) on your writing helps you find poetry and achieve better economy of expression?

    One of my favorite exercises from a writing class I took in college was to write a story in which the first word of the first sentence begins with the letter A, the first word of the second sentence with B, and so on until you arrive at Z in the final sentence. I realize this isn’t the most novel exercise in the world, and it didn’t yield a story I would publish, but it was fun, and exercises like it helped me fiddle with sentences and sometimes fit a story or part of a story to a means of expression (especially when sentence length and structure were crucial to pacing). In short, it added yet another tool to my writing toolbox. 🙂

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