Today, December 21, is the Winter Solstice. As a result, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience the shortest day of the year. Here in Florida, for example, we’ll have about 9.5 hours of sunlight today.
Since today is so short, it’s the perfect time to highlight writing’s shortest form, er, short-form writing. There are many different types of short-form writing, and there are a million different definitions, so I’m considering anything that’s read in a single sitting as short-form. Yes, I know some of you will disagree, but that’s ok.
Short-form writing requires capturing a reader and conveying the entire point, plot, or argument in a few hundred words or less. Yet, excellent short-form writing does much more than that. Poetry, songwriting, flash fiction, and even some tweets cause the reader to feel something using carefully chosen brevity.
I’m a fan of well-crafted short-form writing. So much so that I’ve got a potential short-form challenge in the works for next year. Are you interested in short-form writing? Do you want us to bring back our writing challenges? Hit reply and let me know. Let’s see what happens!