Monday, December 17, 2007


There was this article the other day about 16 words stories that won a literature trip prize. It's interesting in how short these stories are leaving ample amount of space for imagination.

I think its the non existent of words confirmation for the rest of the story that makes it extraordinary. The ambiguity of what might happen and to what extent one could stretch the story to. The freedom to spin it the way you desire, unlimited without any restriction, the furthest you can ever reach.

Some would say it causes the story to hang half way, incomplete. But I guess this is what makes it different, for it doesn't require the author to finish writing the story in order to tell one. With the limited amount of story told, it allows the reader to broaden its mind to complete or in most case, continue the story to a number of different version each reader preferred.

It's a win-win situation for both writer and reader. The anxiety of what might follow to the rest of those short few words carries uncertainty that deepens our curiosity so much. And most importantly, at the end of the night you are given the option to feed that little cat according to your preference without actually killing it.

Safe feeding.

Which then it occurs to me that, perhaps I should start posting stories of short short words. Make it seven. I know its weird but when I was kid, Seven is always my favourite digit number. And at that age, I didn't knew how special this number was.

I didn't like it because there are seven days in a week, or because there's seven colours in the rainbow or like what the bible tells me, God rested on the seventh day after creating earth. Nor because of seven is considered as the luckiest number.

To me, seven is simply the only digit from one to nine with two syllabus, and that's what attracted me to favour it above the rest. And I guess its time to be posting some seven words stories.


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