Writing concisely is a great skill to have. It means you can connect with your readers in an instant rather than half a page, and that really packs a punch. But making the most meaning possible in the least amount of words can be very difficult. Here\u2019s a writing prompt to help you work on the weight of your words. Beware, this one is not for the faint-hearted!\r\n\r\nA story.\r\nA story. A paragraph. 25 words. How will you go with this writing prompt?Image Credit: Gary Simmons, Creative Commons.\r\nWrite a short story starting with the sentence \u201cWe watched the sun rise\u201d. It can be set anywhere, at any time, and be about whatever you want.\r\n\r\nA paragraph.\r\nHere\u2019s where it gets tricky. Condense your story to a single paragraph. It may seem impossible to cut anything out, but you can do it. Think about what\u2019s really important to your story and trim back the fat. We all have to \u2018kill our darlings\u2019!\r\n\r\n25 words.\r\nTurn your paragraph into (around) 25 words. How can you merge multiple meanings into single words? This is where your vocabulary can come in handy. As long as you keep to \u2018the point\u2019 of your story you can whittle down your words and still get to the crux of what you want to say.\r\nThis writing prompt is tough but totally worth it, because when you have your final sentences you'll have some truly concentrated words and images. It also helps to see that your creative intentions don't disappear with the words you cull, which makes it easier to write and edit your longer works.\r\nDon't forget, we've got plenty more writing prompts to keep your imagination busy!