Have you ever sat and listened to someone talk about something for what seemed like an eternity and ended with, “to make a long story short”? Why didn’t you just give me the short version to begin with? I have been told at work that when I speak it is short and to the point. I am not one that loves to go on and on just to hear my voice.
I think when someone is writing creatively to share it is nice to be short and let the reader fill in the details. Much like a picture is worth a thousand words a simple sentence can be worth a thousand words. The clearest example of this is a short story attributed to Ernest Hemingway:
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
That 6 word “story” says a lot if you read into it. I’m sure it can be interpreted many ways. I know we have some writers out there. What can you come up with in 6 words?
Mom on couch, porch light on.