I came across a blog called Six Sentences: What can you say in six sentences? I decided to take the bait. Could I write a compelling story in six sentences or less? I found it more difficult that I thought it to be. How can you answer who, what, when, where, why and how in just six sentences? The reality of life in our fast pace, social media expert driven communication today is that we have less than six sentences to draw someone in. So why not make the entire story in six sentences. So here is what I came up with.
I received a phone call from my father on May 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm stating I needed to turn on the television. President Obama was about to give a speech that the country was unsure what was going to be said. I gathered up 20 of my sorority sisters and we crowded into our television room. We waited worried, scared, chilled and confused. Then, the story leaked. After 10 years of hiding, the figurehead of Al Qaeda Osama Bin Laden had been found and killed.
Does it tell you all the emotions that was being felt? The joy, the anxiety, the sadness, and the rush of emotions of the sad day of 9/11? No. Nothing could describe that feeling, not even an entire novel. If no amount of words are adequate, then six sentences at least hits the tip of the iceberg.
Communicating this way is more than difficult. But to be successful in social media this skill is a must have. It takes practice, and years to perfect it. I have far from perfected it, but I am practicing. You should too.
Read the blog. Try your story.