I discovered another great example of Web 2.0 user-generated content — One Sentence. This site makes you think, use your brain cells, and have fun with writing. The point is to tell a complete story in one sentence.
Here’s what the website About Us page says:
One Sentence is an experiment in brevity. Most of the best stories that we tell from our lives have one really, really good part that make the rest of the boring story worth it.
This is about that one line.
This is about telling the most interesting or poignant story possible in the least amount of words.
This is about small bite-sized pieces of extraordinary lives and ordinary lives alike… the happy, the sad, the funny, the depressing.
Not all the one-liners are great, and some are heartbreakingly bad, but there are some gems.
- Even though it was lodged somewhere in the bowels of the toilet, we could still hear it chirping.
- My neighbor just found out that I get dressed with the blinds open.
- Her mother knew.
- Today I’ve identified 15 objects on my desk that could kill a person.
- It was one of those exams that you absolutely must pass if you want to continue in the program, and I failed the set-your-alarm-clock-properly portion.
I think it would be great to have our own One Sentence contest. Let me think about this…