Frank and the Tennis Ball

sixty word short storyEver since I learned about these sixty word stories, I've been fascinated by their economy. They are great writing exercises that work almost like haiku, and I've continued to learn compression without sacrificing the essentials. Here's a story that I enjoyed writing.

Frank and the Tennis Ball

The THUMP! made me think someone was trying to break into the house. I ran outside with a baseball bat to confront the intruder. Frank was throwing a ball against the garage door and clutching it in his glove as it bounced back.

“What are you doing?” I asked, expecting an answer about cause and effect.

“Playing catch with God."


Have a great weekend!


FuzzyJefe said…
This is a great writing exercise on concision! I'll try it next time with my writing class. Thanks for the idea and example Geoffrey!
Thanks, fuzzyJefe!

I have a couple more in the works.

Karel Mc Intosh said…
You took me back to Form One Lit there :)
Professor Zero said…
It's a good idea. I should start writing them.

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