During the Mid-Autumn Festival few decades ago, while everyone was enjoying their mooncakes and playing with lanterns, my mother was rushed to the hospital. There and then, I was born!
Last night, my little girl came to me.
Little P: Mommy, I don’t need to go to school tomorrow!
Me: Really? Why?
Little P: Because it’s mommy’s birthday!
Me: Mommy’s birthday is NOT a public holiday!
Little P: We have holiday on Teachers’ Day and Children’s Day, so we must have holiday on mommy’s birthday too!
This morning, she was so depressed. She pouted and boarded the school bus reluctantly.
My attempt for a 100-word post for today’s assignment.
Writing 101, Day 12: Play with word count
On days when you feel stuck and aren’t sure how to write a post, it might well be that your topic and content are solid, but your approach needs tweaking. Have you tried experimenting with word count?
In today’s post, pay attention to the total length of your post: if you usually write posts under 500 words, aim for longer. If you tend to write a lot, be succinct. For those who’d like to aim for a specific word count, here are ideas:
- Write a 50-word story (or, if you feel daring, a series of 50-word stories). Get inspired by the tiny tales at 50-Word Stories.
- Take a look at some 100-word stories at 100 Word Story, or this Reader’s Digest list of winning 100-Word True Stories, then take a stab at your own. Your first attempt at flash fiction? Your last vacation? A fleeting encounter at the grocery store?
- Pick a previously published longer post you’d like to pare down. Keep it at 750 words or less, like the essays at Brevity, a site of concise creative nonfiction.
- Want to go long? Expand on an existing post. Search your drafts that are thematically similar and see if you can merge parts of each. Or, combine two or more published posts into one longform piece, made up of multiple pages or sections divided by subheads or graphic elements.