If you attend a writing class, which I have now and again, you’re often asked to write very short pieces which tell a story in very few words. These can later be developed in to a more substantial piece, although in my case this hasn’t happened too often.
Here are a few of my efforts:
Our love was like jelly. First it glistened, then it wobbled, now it’s collapsed.
Energy spent. Assortment of well used whips, handcuffs and rubber garments. Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE END OF THE AFFAIR
She hasn’t come home? Well, I burnt them as you asked. Cinders sent to Jane’s office yesterday.
I drank them while pissed. Your ashes. Put them in the tea caddy for safe keeping. Made a lovely cup but I hiccupped with grief all over again.
These exercises are worth a try to get the creative juices flowing, whether you’re a poet or a novelist. Warning though. They’re much more difficult than you think!