Why micro literature?
Since discovering the Japanese writing form of Haiku, with it’s 3–5–3 or more common 5–7–5 syllable structures, I was fascinated by how so much could be communicated in so few words.
On and off through the years I incorporated Haiku into my life, eventually publishing some work on Deviantart. At this point I did further research and discovered that what I was actually writing were Senryu, as Haiku relate to nature, the physical world, while Senryu feature people and emotions.
A breeze is blowing;
The sky brightens as day breaks.
A bird starts to sing.Haiku (5–7–5)
From your lips,
Maple syrup sweet
Your words drip.Senryu (3–5–3)
Also around this time, I discovered Six-word stories:
And thus, I was hooked. Maybe it is some inherent laziness, but I genuinely love the challenge of conveying the breadth of the human experience and the depth of our emotions in these succinct formats.