Pulling out a Golden Oldie (with updated thoughts) today because I'm a bit swamped with getting ready for tomorrow's pre-launch party. It's a reminder that great stories don't have to be epic.
Anytime someone says you can't tell a whole story in a few words, tell them about this commercial. It's brilliant, and shows that you can do a heck of a lot with a heck of a little if you use the right words.
It's also a fantastic example of showing, not telling. The plot of this 60 second tale is so clear, never explained, but you get exactly what is going on by the questions asked. They show it, you make assumptions and get it. And it's touching.
When you watch this, think about what isn't being said. Look at what's suggested and how we surmise what the situation is. What our own imagination brings to it.
Then think about how you can bring this same technique to your own stories.