Ever tried writing a 55-word story? It’s a great way to practice how to “tighten” your writing.
Here are my two attempts:
I pick up the phone and hear a woman’s terrified screams. Chills surge up and down my spine. Then—click—the caller hangs up. “Hello? Hello?” I shout into the receiver.
The phone rings again.
“Hi, Babe. Sorry I hung up on you.”
“Dexter! Who was screaming?”
“Oh. I dropped the phone next to the TV…”
The moment the escaped convict stepped onto the ledge of the building’s 21st floor, it hit him: if he leaned a bit forward and lost his balance he would have nothing to hold on to and would plummet head first and end up splattered like a smashed egg on the pavement. Then it hit him.
Silly, I know — but fun!