Condensing any given content is valuable to all writers, for preparing blurbs or a précis, or simply for chopping out unnecessary verbiage. Consider the already short form used for my latest Wordle attempt. It seemed to have come out pretty well with this length:
A busy class of creature
That goes on velvet toes,
Light steps, with curl-claws, feature,
From still, to oil-drop-flows;
In silvery moonlight mating cries
Go echoing through the bowl of night …
Could those who such a noise despise
Be jealous that they have this right?
A bit more effort, though, produced the following with the same twelve given words in the same order:
A busy class, on velvet toes,
Light-steps on curl-clawed paws, from still
To oil-drop silvery motion-flows;
Cries echoing the night-bowl fill;
Be jealous independence shows!
Over the years, I have participated in some Flash Fiction groups involving various lengths of story. I found one of the most challenging the Flash Fiction Fifty-Five, where the whole story, including heading, is told in fifty-five words on a given theme. They provide wonderful exercises for arranging and pruning words, and are also fun to read. I have looked to resuming with some group, but haven’t found any that appealed to me.