Writing 101 Day 5: Be Brief
You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.
Today’s twist: Approach this post in as few words as possible.
I’m walking along on the heath in the sunshine, not thinking anything. Suddenly I see something lying on the ground. I bend to pick it up. It seems to be a letter. No envelope. Intrigued, I start reading.
It’s a confession. A confession by a priest. He wants to leave the Church. This is his request to the Pope for dispensation from the ministry.
He lays down his reasons in detail. Reasons that are heart-rending, blood-curdling … it’s hard to keep reading, but I soldier on until the end.
I decide to mail the letter, making a photocopy for myself before I send it.
Then one day, a friend shows me the latest newspaper. The letter has been published in full. It’s all over the press and the internet.
Church officials refuse to comment.
But they don’t have to. The letter speaks for itself.
The days of the Church are over.