Very short fiction is becoming more and more popular, I imagine because of the trends of social networking. Communications everywhere are becoming more truncated. People are less likely with each passing year to spend the time to read a longish short story, essay, or even a long blog post. So one could view the challenge in terms of how to communicate what you want to tell someone in fewer words, while still keeping the meaning true to your message. Alternatively, you could frame the challenge in an entirely different way.
That is my goal here – not to simply chop words off of sentences while still saying the same thing, but to find ways to communicate a story or the theme of an essay using language that implies things not spoken, providing information that would otherwise require more words. I realize that by doing so, each person’s story/essay is different from the next person’s, depending on how their experience, education or culture colors their reading. Some might consider that a problem, but I love that! You could consider that every story I write was written only for you, because no one else will read into it the exact same details and inferences.
I hope you enjoy this method of storytelling and essay writing. And by all means, please continue to leave feedback.