I tend to write long blog posts. Unwittingly, the long article became my default blogging style.
Sometimes I get word-weary though. It can seem like writing will never come to an end. Writing fatigue sets in, but I continue to trudge along. Joy fades, but I am determined to reach the finish line.
Inspired by Raam, I challenged myself to an experiment: writing [more] succinctly.
In so doing, I discovered: writing less is fun!
Micropoetry & SiX Words
Then my friend Lori Franklin lured me with the gorgeous #micropoetry in her twitter stream,
Sliver of moon ~ piercing pool’s reflection ~ revealing two sides of me.
and her clever arrangement of #sixwords:
She wears a halo of fireflies.
So I gave six a try. Here’s what popped out.
How powerful, the red cardinal’s song.
Sun floods in, penetrating my heart.
One-legged man wheelchairs across the street.
Melting icebergs in a wounded sea.
Unceasing gratitude for nature’s raucous quietude.
Mind wanders irresponsibly through open space.
Six-words seems indeed like the perfect form. Apparently, the inspiration for six-word stories and six-word memoirs comes from a Ernest Hemingway legend. Hemingway was once challenged to write a complete story in six words. This is his:
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Long articles reflect my penchant for details, complexity, and my aspiration to help. Some topics clearly demand a lengthy exposition. There’s nothing wrong with a long post! I just needed to get out of a rut.
My writing experiments in brevity have proven delightful fun. They put more spring into my writing, bring me straight to the point, and shoot me into the crystal clear present moment, feeling awake and alive.
Have you adapted a single blogging or writing style? Does it serve you well? Do you enjoy experimenting with different writing and blogging styles?
Image: Courtesy of Lori Franklin. “Tanka” is another short form of writing.
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