How much can be said in a single sentence? That is the challenge that was taken up by Whangaparāoa College Year 12 student Stella Beattie.
Her sentence, entered in the One Sentence Story Writing Competition won the Senior Secondary category for the whole of NZ.
Having only a few words to play with was a challenge. “In a longer piece you can make a point and back it up and explain, but in a sentence you have to get to the essence as fast as possible,” Stella says.
“I knew what I wanted to say, but I still wrote a couple of different drafts.” The competition was organised by the NZ Association for Gifted Children. Stella is interested in creative writing and is thinking of becoming a human rights lawyer working with charities such as Amnesty International.
Her winning sentence is: ‘We must believe in tomorrow in order to believe at all.’