A polished prison and 50-word sagas: blogging from the BlackBerry
“Transformation”, my first attempt at a mini saga, has been published today on 50 Items or Less.
A mini saga is a story that has exactly 50 words. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a work of fiction or non-fiction, the key is to incorporate a beginning, middle and ending into the 50-word limit. It’s harder than it sounds, especially if you genuinely wish to fully engage your reader before the fiftieth word.
Personally, I love the way the succinct nakedness of the mini saga causes each reader to interpret its meaning subjectively. There’s no room for elaboration or plot development, so readers tend to fill in any blanks with images and feelings drawn from their own experiences and expectations.
A great mini saga should, in my opinion, make the reader continually reassess the words he or she is absorbing and question their meaning. It should leave them wanting full comprehension, even if that means rereading the piece a dozen times or asking the author for clarification; if someone has “had enough” of one of my mini sagas after reading it once, I’ve failed to engage them. I’ve failed to make my 50 words count.
“Transformation” can be found on 50 Items or Less by clicking here.
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