Monday, December 12, 2005

One-sentence stories

Can you write a story in one sentence?

The Times Literary Supplement recently ran a piece about one-sentence stories, quoting Augusto Monterroso's "The Dinosaur". The TLS says: "The story is legendary in Latin America, and Italo Calvino regarded it as a model of pregnant brevity. Here's a tenatative translation:
'"When s/he awoke, the dinosaur was still there."'

So how about writing a one-sentence Regency story?

Here's mine:

She wondered how she had ended up in the rake's carriage.

5 Comments:

Blogger Stephen said...

Here's mine:

"Yes, I will marry you Hector, of course I will, as long as you give me your word that you will never, ever, breathe a word of what has happened, not even the bit about the squirrels and the snuffbox."

Now I just need a synopsis for it.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

A synopsis? Hm. How about: "Hector, never breathe the snuff?"

12:50 PM  
Blogger Kate Allan said...

Here you go:

"When a young lady marries a man twice her age, in the spring of 1809 specifically Lord Vernley’s marriage to Miss Windrush, Society assumes there is a compelling reason - but Society was wrong."

(gosh if only I could write novels this quickly!)

8:22 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I'll try again...

She gazed, for the very last time, on the reticule that held all her dreams.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Gabriele C. said...

"Lord Roslyn knew he had made a mistake when he beheld Fanny Asthon in a pink wedding gown that clashed with her red hair."

1:06 AM  

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