There is an interesting article in Times 2 today (by Richard Morrison) about a book by Malcolm Gladwell. The book is called
"Blink" and Gladwell is a New York journalist.
In the book he contends that the whole of life is like a cucumber - you don't have to eat the entire cucumber in order to know what cucumber tastes like. You really only need a slice to decide whether you like its texture, taste and juiciness. Then you can make up your mind whether you like cucumber or not.
He suggests that your first impression of anything - people, works of art, music, books, is almost always the correct one for you. He suggests that this is because your brain can process signals very quickly and come to a real assessment.
Because of this view there is an annual competition called Virgin Media Shorts which has been going for six years and which challenges anyone who would like to be a film director to show viewers what they can do in 140 seconds or less.
I think this can probably be translated to other disciplines too. I read his article for exacly 140 seconds and managed to get to 300 words. I think it would be possible to say something "amusing, beautiful, wry, political or profound" (to quote Morrison) in 300 words - in fact in a lot less.
I think it could also be used in a musical composition - not sure about visual art though - may be it would take longer - although I do think some Picasso drawings which are inspirational probably took hours to think about and only a short amount of time actually putting pen, pencil, charcoal or whatever to paper.
When I think of some of the turgid books I have tried to read; books which have a message but which lose me after a couple of chapters because I become choked with a mass of words I definitely think it would be worth a try. What do you think? Do you fancy having a go?