Okay, let’s do exactly 100 words, or exactly 500 words, Jim Harstad’s favorite kind of challenge. You knew you’d done some editing, he said, when you pared your work down to a specific number of words.
Here are the August prompts
Fact that reads like fiction
Fiction that reads like fact
Never give a inch. That’s right, a inch. Not an inch. A inch.
How can there be any sin in sincere? Where is the good in goodbye?
Jack Nicholson should never have played McMurphy. He doesn’t even look like him.
Jim told me once, “Writing about death is one of the hardest kinds of writing there is.”
100 words, or 500 words. You choose. Or write one of each. Remember Jim’s good advice: Always overwrite the piece, then cut the heck out of it. That’s a lot easier than trying to inch your way up toward a word count number.
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