Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Six Word Stories

Here's an interesting challenge: Write a story in just six words.

Pete Anderson at Pete Lit observes that:
Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. Rumor has it that he considered his result ("For sale: baby shoes, never used.") to be his greatest work.
This is Pete's six word story. I really like it:
Aging skier goes downhill. Literally, figuratively
Norman Mailer's is very good. In six words, he elicits an eternity of time. However, I think he gets the ending wrong:
Satan--Jehovah--fifteen rounds. A draw.
This one, found at Caterina, isn't six words, but it's still great:
The last man on Earth sits in his house. There is a knock at the door.
Here's a few six words stories I thought of one evening:
Apple cart gets upset. Pears arrested.

Gotta go. A tornado's about to...

Once upon a time. The end. (My 6-year-old daughter said this one)

Your ticket out gets you in.

You live. You die. Then what?

Hearing this, the banker's interest grew.

Global warming bandwagon cited for pollution.

With six strings, she showed police.
It's your turn. Tell a story. (Notice how many words that was!)

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