Monday Musings: 2 Words is NOT a Story
On the highway I saw a billboard that read: Peace? Peace. And then gave a website something like 2 word stories.com or whatever. And I thought to myself: that’s not a story! That’s two sentence fragments!
If you read my fan fiction post (aka Crusader “Challenge” 2) you’d know that when it comes to stories I’m a snob about it. To me to call something a “story” means it uses characters and events in order to develop a coherent message. That can’t be done in two words. Not really in 144 characters either, though people certainly try.
I’m sure some very good people and very famous people (sometimes those are mutually exclusive) have written flash fiction “stories” and people consider them quite good. But the thing to me is that you can’t really develop a character or much of a story in 50, 100, or even 1000 words. Certainly not 2 words! Two words isn’t even a freaking fortune cookie.
You remember those old NBC public service announcements that said, “The More You Know…”? Well that’s how it is with stories. The more you know about characters and the events that impact them, the more the story can develop. The less you have of that, the more shallow the “story” will be.
Of course some authors can ramble on for 100,000 words and still not develop much of a character or have meaningful events. Others can probably do it in 5,000. But two? No way. Hey wait, that was a story! No, wait, I’d have to put it like this: Way? Way. Now it’s a story!
Again, feel free to call me a snob all you want. I’ll freely admit it in this case. I look down my little pig nose at flash fiction, Twitter “stories”, and these two word stories. As Bobby Brown said, it’s my prerogative.
Wednesday find out why where you locate the story matters…