One of the manifestos from ChangeThis this month is about Mini Sagas. The author, Rajesh Setty presents the idea that writing mini sagas, which contain exactly 50 words, expands your creativity — following on the idea that Creativity Loves Constraints. Typically the mini saga expresses some sort of message or value — I think in some ways they might be like koans or zen stories. Here’s one I’ve written:
Once there was a developer who wanted to make the new killer app. He plotted and planned for months, seeking perfection. He planned for infinite scalability and flexibility. Then he coded.
Another developer wrote code that was just enough to solve his problem. And the problem of millions more.