Can you write a 5-sentence post?

Okay, bloggers. Here’s a serious writing challenge.  This challenge will sharpen your writing skills. Every blogger in the history of man/woman-kind, including yours truly, often talks too much. That foible can easily translate into writing too much.  Verbosity and effusiveness live in our wheelhouse.  If we’re not careful, they become our blog posts stock-in-trade.

We wind up writing Gone with the Wind
 when we could have said the same
thing in Run, Spot, Run.

I’ve said this before: when I edit for a client I usually butcher their first draft and slash 25 to 45 percent of their copy–all the unnecessary words. I could take any length blog post and capture the major points and the topic message in five sentences. I won’t do that here. Just sayin’.

So, here’s my challenge:

A. Write an original blog post in five sentences. Then, either put your post in a comment here, or email your Pulitzer Prize-winning-post to me at The post title doesn’t  count.


B. Rewrite a post you’ve already written and published and write it over in five sentences.

I dare ya.

This exercise will hone your writing skills. It will train you to use brevity effectively. It will also help train you to omit unnecessary words when you edit (that is, of course, if you edit your posts before you publish them <em>unlike my blathering blogging buddy Suze.</em>

I look forward to reading some great, short, blog posts.

You can write in simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex sentences. No, you can’t pad sentences with a lot of William Faulkneresque long-winded prose, like his 1,288-word sentence in Absalom Absalom. Remember, short writing is ALWAYS better than long writing.

Good luck!

Here’s a sample 5-word blog post I wrote for my entry:

It was the saddest day of my life.
We gently carried our limp, jaundiced,
dying dog Bo to the vet for the last time.
For nearly 15 years Bo was family 
and brought endless joy to our hearts
and home.
The vet said it would happen
He injected the serum into our
dog and Bo died in my arms.

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

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