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50 Words

They start to add up.

David Gane
David Gane
1 min read

Do you have enough time to write 50 words of something?

How long would it take? Maybe twenty minutes? Maybe less? Maybe more?

What could you do with those 50 words?

Hemingway and others have written short stories out of 6 words, and a whole community on Twitter share very short stories composed of 280 characters. So what could you do?

If all you had was twenty minutes, could you write a story out of 50 words? Or grab a few sessions of similar length throughout the day and create something longer? And if you did that over a few weeks or months, what could you come up with?

Fifty words isn’t a lot. But bit by bit, drip by drip, it starts to add up.

And for context, this entire blog post added up to 147 words. Those words can add up quickly.

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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.