Samuel: "You know, I tried reading the dictionary straight through once, but I just couldn't get a handle on the plot."
Daniel: "Of course you couldn't. A dictionary isn't a novel; it's a collection of short stories."
|So many stories, so little time. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
At any rate, the idea stuck with me. I'm sure the author intended the dictionary-as-short-story-collection idea to be purely metaphorical, but after a while, I started thinking, why not try it for real?
So here is your writing prompt for the week, an exercise in brevity and concision:
Make up a word and write its dictionary definition, including how the fictional word came into being. The object of this exercise is for the definition to contain an entire story.
You'll get a bit more space than the old For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn, but that's the frame of mind you'll need to get into to complete this.
If you think you've got something good, please share below!