Subtlety of Six

by Peter Ingraham

In a short six sentence story, you have a license to be blunt. Here's my suggestion: use it sparingly. Inference and implication can be just as effective as exposition, and far more evocative. Trust your reader to follow along. Of course, some stories are really more essays exhorting the reader to a particular course of action. I suppose those have no choice but to say outright what the author thinks.


Peter Ingraham is an amateur mathematician, historian, computer scientist, economist, essayist, and philosopher.