a ten-essay series
the beauty & the power
“Four score and seven years ago…”
“I have a dream…”
“I love you.”
I also love the art of economizing words. The longer I live, the more I read…and write, the more convinced I am of this: the most powerful deployment of language is not found in the flowery trails of waxed eloquence but in the ability to say the most with the least. [See the Gettysburg address (270 words) or the Sermon on the Mount.]
The Brothers Gibb
Ten Essays – Each 1,000 Words
write a 1,000 word essay. Get Published! Win a Prize!
Do I have news for you! I will include in the 1,000 Words essay project an essay from one lucky (or talented) reader/writer.
Here are the guidelines and contest rules:
- The essay may be fiction or fact – a short story, slice-of-life, story-with-a-moral, you name it.
- The essay must be EXACTLY 1,000 words long. This is where discipline and editing skills come in. Trim that fat!
- The essay must not be X-rated or otherwise inappropriate. That doesn’t mean it cannot be controversial!
- The Submission Deadline is May 31, 2018.
The 1,000 Word Journey
It Started with a 2.5 Mile Commute
Heavy Traffic, Light Heart, Wandering Mind
I got stuck the other day. In traffic. And on a phrase – one I have heard or read at least a thousand times in my life. I bet you have as well.
“A picture’s worth a thousand words.”
Words have been my life, my passion, my vocation.
There in my Toyota Tundra on Interstate 30, halfway between work and home (and glad it wasn’t the other way around), I ruminated on that idiom as common as any in my native tongue. What emerged was this thought:
The artist says a picture is worth a thousand words. The wordsmith wonders how many pictures a thousand words can paint.
From that silly, slightly self-serving thought came this notion…
I will write a book! A short book. A book of essays. A book of short stories. Really short stories.
I will write a book where each essay/story is exactly 1,000 words in length. I will mix autobiographical tales with fiction. I will tell stories. I will see how many pictures a thousand words can paint.
And I will hope someone reads them with the same critical eye, the same attention to detail, the same anticipation as a lover of art approaching a museum piece for the first time.
The essays will be added to this site as I complete them. Please mark the site and check back often or follow me on Facebook for updates.
Welcome to the Thousand Word Museum. Enjoy your stay. Watch your step. And please(!), do not touch the artwork. But I hope it touches you.
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