“A visit to the daughter’s house.” — The aim here is not to practice withholding ideas or feeling, but to practice revealing them through the surfaces of physical experience.
“A story of a granddaughter who didn’t realize her own emotions.” — This story was my first submission for the Very Short Narrative assignment.
“A story of a girl who, in her naïveté, didn’t expect the hills of life to be this hard to climb.” The cut version. — To say more with less. To push your language down to its essentials. To say only the best of what you mean.
“A story of a girl who, in her naïveté, didn’t expect the hills of life to be this hard to climb.” — We all tell stories all the time. Just write one. It will be fun, and it will be agony.
“Exploring an ancient castle in the age of space travel.” — Artists learn to draw and thereby to learn to see. That’s what this exercise is about. Learning to draw with language and thereby to perceive more vividly.