Once upon a time there was a writer. This writer was intrigued by a concept she’d recently discovered called “Five Line Fiction.” The idea is to create an entire story in a mere five lines. Not such a tough job if your name is William Faulkner. I once found ONE SENTENCE of his that was 1288 words long. Lots of commas, semi-colons and conjunctions, but any of my English teachers probably would have had a red pen field day with that line.
So five lines? Can you really tell a story in five sentences?
Sure. Why not? You can tell a tale in a 16 line sonnet or even in the 17 spare syllables of a haiku. Perhaps this is one challenge where my past training as a poet would come in handy. I haven’t yet tried the five sentence idea but I plan to. If nothing else it’s a great exercise for flexing my writing muscles and working on brevity. I’m pretty comfortable with writing in a concise fashion so I anticipate enjoying the effort.
What I’m really concerned about is connecting a five line tale up with something larger. If I can use this to build something larger or work through issues in other WIPs (work in process), great. If it’s yet another time sink, I don’t need it! Perhaps in the end, it’s up to me to make sure it’s a positive use of my time and energy. After all, I’m the only one I’ll hinder if I’m wasting my time.