Tiny Truths

As many of you can tell by the workshops and talks I’ve been offering lately, I’m on a writing-short kick.

I’m encouraging everyone to embrace the challenge of telling a story–beginning, middle, and end–in 1,000 words or less, not 1,005 or 1,050. One thousand words equal four doubled-spaced, typewritten pages.

Now, if you’re really up for a challenge, consider what I came across in Creative Nonfiction the other day. The magazine has a section called Tiny Truths where they run a contest to find the best story told in a tweet every day. A tweet! That’s 140 characters, including spaces, not 140 words!

Here are some of my favorites from a past issue:

“My mom, bald from chemo for much of her adult life, loves the smell of hairspray. ‘It reminds me of health,’ she says.” gregrmarshall

“Helping clear out a friend’s mom’s home. Neighbours stream through, curious about her decor. Where were they when she was alive?” ChrisGNguyen

“I read a list of kid jokes aloud, wincing at their bad puns, but my son laughs hard at each and suddenly I find them funny, too.” sevans_writer

Give it a try. Tell your story in 140 characters or less, including spaces.

Log in to your Twitter account, and follow Creative Nonfiction on Twitter (@cnfonline). Tag your tiny truths with the trending topic #cnftweet. That’s it. Creative Nonfiction re-tweets winners daily and republishes twenty winning tweets in every issue of Creative Nonfiction.

Please also share your submissions below in the comments section. I’d love to read your Tiny Truths.

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