Want To Make It Big As An Online Writer? Make Your Sentences As Simple As Keanu Reeves
English lesson from my teacher
Have you met someone, long-lost, on Facebook? A friend or a colleague?
How about a teacher?
After twenty years, I found one. The best English teacher I ever had.
An Oxford laureate. Her love for teaching brought her back home.
I was an ICSE student. Hence, a fondness for fanciness was deep-rooted.
Mutual admiration was a certainty. Or maybe not.
“Flowery English, I see!” She remarked on my essay.
Along with a B-.
She hated the flamboyance more than the content.
A bittersweet war ensued.
My sentences kept getting complex. Scores plain.
It was time to talk.
She: “Have you read Malgudi Days?”
Me: “I don’t understand.”
She: “It’s a simple question. Have you read Malgudi Days?”
Me: “No, I haven’t. It’s not in the curriculum.”
She: “Get a copy from the library. See me once done.”
One hundred fifty pages done in 24 hours. I still didn’t understand the point.
She: “What do you think?”
Me: “It was interesting.”
She: “What did you like about it?”
Me: “All stories had a message.”
Me: “Simplicity. Easy to read through. Definitely, not as complex as Hamlet.
She: “Good. Here’s your next assignment. Re-write any one of those stories. No sentence more than eight words. That’s all .”
She left with a cheeky smile.
I couldn’t complete the assignment. It was impossible.
I saw her after a week.
Her response? A self-righteous smile. It pierced through my heart.
Then, she handed me a draft.
A story, re-written. No sentence more than eight words.
The title read The Doctor’s Word.
Anyway, something happened last night.
I was with her on Facebook Messenger. I shared my recent work.
She: “Ugh! Depressing.”
She: “Next one, no more than eight words, okay?”
Before I could respond, I heard a commotion.
It was a familiar voice, the significant other.
“Wake up! It is time to log on.”
Realizing what just happened, I knew. It’s time to complete the assignment.
So, here it is. Finally! No sentence more than eight words.
I hope she comes across this someday. And it makes her proud.
Here is a shortform humor story from this author. Please enjoy.