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When writing wounds

Sometimes we love stories which seduce us with their wordiness, where we can lose ourselves between elaborate subclauses. At other times, we want to be wounded by the sparseness of words, like in this ‘six-word novel’ often attributed to Hemingway:

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Such tightly woven stories are alluring because they invite us in, asking us to make up for ourselves the tales teeming behind the syntax.

Try stripping down something you’ve written to the faintest skeleton leaf.

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