Saturday, March 23, 2013

9 word stories

Hok and Gao discuss narrative brevity…
Hok: He’s one of those people who talk too much. Adds too much detail to stories. Why use ten words when two will do?
Gao: Stories can benefit from detail.
Hok: Ever heard of Smith? A magazine called Smith?
Gao: Six word stories? Like Hemingway’s “For Sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” I proposed a modification to that. A nine word story. Three lines, each having three words.
Hok: Sounds symmetrical.
Gao: Two axes: X and Y. X axis is Agent, Action, Object. Y axis is Beginning, Middle, End.
Hok: Example?
Gao: OK. Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Bandits attack village. Villagers hire samurai. Samurai kill bandits.

Symmetry of the 9 word story matrix.
Six word stories: an interesting challenge.
Like haiku, 5-7-5.
Nine word stories: a little more wiggle room.
Like waka 5-7-5-7-7.

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