6 Word Stories

Most people blame Ernest Hemingway for the idea of telling a story in six words. Admittedly, “For Sale, Baby shoes. Never worn,” is one of the most memorable examples. But there are some authorities who point out that Hemingway’s version was preceded by numerous similar examples and there’s a suggestion that his version isn’t wholly original.

Nevertheless, writing a story in six words is a powerful tool to help a writer develop concision. It’s not just about creating a beginning, a middle and an end. Quite often it means forcing the reader to do the hard work of building the narrative based around the single jigsaw piece of that six word image, as with these examples from a Reddit page.

Six Word Short Stories

Of course, if I was going to bang on about exercises to help improve writing, I’d probably mention my book How to Write Short Stories and Get Them Published, but I’m not so crass as to self-promote at every opportunity.

What I will say is, this is not as easy as it looks. Below are my humble attempts.

To cure Corona: sacrifice the politicians.

God: “Show me your browsing history.”

History rewrite – Trump’s third term essential.

Feel free to share yours in the comments box below.

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