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The Assignment

by Roger Daubach

He sat in his chair reading the assignment again and again. Tell your story in six sentences. No more. No less. He wrestled with himself as his mind jumped back and forth, unable to decide whether or not to artificially elongate his sentences with an arsenal of commas and semi-colons he'd never use in real life. In the end he followed his heart and kept it short because the alternative would've robbed him of his voice and identity.

6S

Roger Daubach writes but he rarely submits. Submission, after all, is the first step to rejection. He lives in Brooklyn and shares his stories and poems online. For 6S, he is the author of Routine.

9 comments:

Leatherdykeuk said...

Is identity and voice not subject to growth and change?

Nicely done.

roger daubach said...

there's room for evolution, but it should never be forced.

Teresa said...

A man after my own heart. :) Great six.

austere said...

Superb.

Jp said...

well said.

Rick Bylina said...

The voice is strong. The dilemma enjoined by others. It is a hard thing to decided what is the right thing to do, but you did. I commend you. But watch out for identity theft. As in life, in writing it can be a hard thing to get back once you are considered dead to others because you have voluntarily decided to sound like Cormac McCarthy.

Madam Z said...

My "voice and identity" ramble on aimlessly with little or no structure or rules, so I LOVE commas and semi-colons. I do admire your discipline, though.

Anonymous said...

My name is caccy46 and I am an elongater of sentences abuser. Commas, semicolons, dashes, colons - whatever is at my disposal, I will overuse and abuse them whatever the cost - it's, seemingly, beyond my control; I am addicted and have spent years examing why - I think it all began with the early death of my father, which developed into an overwhelming fear of things leaving me - rendering me totally helpless at saying goodbyes, or for that matter, ending anything - hence, my sentences can go on indefinitely, rendering me helpless - and boring the shit out of my readers.
caccy46...................................................................

Anonymous said...

Nice.