Mighty Red Pen

April 1, 2008

Less is more

Filed under: Lit review,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 7:36 pm
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If you think brevity is the soul of wit, you might check out any or all of these:

One Sentence. As advertised, it’s “true stories told in one sentence.” For example:

“Now I think of him every time I hear the word “pierogi.'”

“It was a little weird to find out after we reunited that his ex-wife resembled me, but it was weirder to find out that my ex-husband and her are now dating.”

One-Letter Words: A Dictionary. Brought to you by Craig Conley of A Semicolon’s Dream Journal. Conley writes:

One-letter words are the building blocks of communication. I like to joke that learning them is easy and spelling them is even easier. But I don’t sell them short.

And finally, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure by Larry Smith. As recommended by John McIntyre at You Don’t Say, who noted:

“So they have taken to it, and I can only stand, hat in hand, in mute admiration of Allan Wishart, or VanderViking, of the Vanderhoof Omineca Express, Vanderhoof, B.C., whose sublime entry encapsulates the life of the copy editor: Edited it down to five.

Hmm, six-word memoirs. Well, I’ll take a stab at it: “Wasn’t what I meant to say.”

Now you try.


  1. Moved from Iowa to New York.

    Comment by TootsNYC — April 3, 2008 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  2. Could all have gone somewhat better.

    Comment by nikita — April 4, 2008 @ 9:13 am | Reply

  3. Reverse carpetbagger. Nerds, sports, weirdos? Cool!

    Comment by Emily — April 4, 2008 @ 9:24 am | Reply

  4. I should probably be dead already.

    Comment by Krodamai — April 4, 2008 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  5. Why’d it have to be Moondog?

    Dogs are more loyal than boys.

    At least not in PA anymore.

    I could do this all day.
    (Whoa, that’s another one!)

    Comment by FBGD — April 4, 2008 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  6. Never who I thought I was.

    Girls in fishnets with blonde bangs.

    Music. Booze. Subbing. Not that order!

    All too easy to make elementary mistakes

    (This is too much fun…)

    Comment by JD — April 4, 2008 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  7. I’m a DOCTOR, dammit, not a…

    Comment by Dr. "Bones" McCoy — April 4, 2008 @ 11:18 am | Reply

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