Daily Archives: June 7, 2011

Shorter and Shorter

Layers of paint, layers of meaning. © Quinn McDonald

We’ve got Twitter telling us to write our stories in 140 characters. We have shrunk the novel from Flash Fiction to Hint Fiction–stories told in 25 words or fewer. We even have micro-bios–summaries of 6 words.

Ever since I sarted One-Sentence Journaling, I’ve loved the short form–haiku, postcards, short journal pages. I think it’s time to move from layers of paint to layers of meaning.

This doesn’t mean writing fast or frenzied, top-of-the head responses. It means distilled. Concentrated. The deep subtlety of meaning, rich as home-made raspberry jam, thick with emotion.

What’s important about your life right now that you want to say in 10 words or fewer?

–Quinn McDonald is the author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art. It will be available in July. Quinn is currently booking events for discussing and working from the book. Contact her at QuinnCreative [at] Yahoo [dot] com.