During Christmas in Bamberg I read a really exciting book and as soon as I got back to London I rushed out to various bookshops and tracked down other titles by the same publisher. There were not many so I bought them all. It seems they are now out of print.
It’s a shame because the series was really promising and this story in particular was terrific. A remarkable thing about it was that it was told in so few words. I don’t mean it was short, although it was. I mean the vocabulary was very limited.
It had to be limited for me to be able to read it because it was in Chinese.
But, although the authors used only 300 words, the story moved along at a very fast pace and introduced many surprising twists on the way to its satisfying denouement.
This proves, if proof were needed, that you don’t need sophisticated language skills to write a good story. You don’t even need a large vocabulary. You just need a little bit of imagination, a solid structure, and the determination to pique the reader’s interest with every sentence.
I wish more writers would make an effort to do that!