The American writer Ernest Hemingway despised flabby, indulgent storytelling.
Early in his career Hemingway had a $10 bet with colleagues that he could produce a story just six words long. This is what he came up with:
"For sale: Baby shoes, Never worn."
Needless to say he won the bet.
Source: Paul Willis, Uncovering the Secrets of Storytelling, CNN, 22 August 2008.
Dr Geoff Pound
Image: Ernest Hemingway.