One of the greatest challenges of reporting for KYW Newsradio was the 45 second time limit on our reports. If my recorded piece came out to 55 seconds, I needed to go back to the script and find 10 seconds of copy to cut. I despised the limit, because I felt forced to boil an often complex story down to meaninglessness.
But it taught me how to determine what was absolutely essential in a story, and how to ruthlessly cut the rest. This process, I know, can be applied to fiction. And it was with that mindset that I set out to write my first drabble.