Brevity Is the Soul Of Wit, or Keep It Simple, Stupid

And now over to the Grad Student with the writing101 news.

Thank you, Jim. Today’s assignment has to be brief, which will prove a real struggle for Ol’ Bigmouth here. Can she do it in a hundred words or less? Let’s find out.


I had a feeling I should have left it there, tucked between an old volume of the Brockhaus Encyclopaedia and a worn copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey, a gleaming white rectangle between the battered brown paper of the used book shop. I pulled it out anyway, thinking maybe someone had lost it, I should know better by now. There was a bright yellow post-it attached to the envelope: “If you’re reading this, it means you have to do it all over again. xoxo, you.” I felt the future cave in around myself as I turned and caught sight of the sky outside through the dusty window. Suddenly I knew what I had meant.


Okay, I tried aiming at exactly a hundred words, it turned into a bit more. Points for trying, though?


6 thoughts on “Brevity Is the Soul Of Wit, or Keep It Simple, Stupid

  1. lyricalself April 10, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Mysterious? Maybe you should make this a serial post !


  2. Tinu Jose April 10, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Good approach to the assignment. It is this magnetic effect of head line that pulled me to read the entire paragraph. Ausm!


  3. kellygriffiths April 10, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Totally points! I thought this one was the hardest yet. I spent 2+ hours when I promised myself 20 minutes, max. I even had thoughts of “writing sucks.” Not even kidding. Not sure why I’m confessing that here. I think it was your “I have no idea what I’m doing” tag that made me giggle. 🙂


  4. kellygriffiths April 10, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    P.S. My writing 101 blog is I was too “chicken” to post my freewrites on my regular blog.


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