Six-word short stories
Ernest Hemingway, famous for his Spartan style, is credited with this semi-famous six-word story: For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
It’s a strong example of creative compression, inviting reader participation to flesh out the story, which all good fiction does.
Here are a few six-word shorts I came up with:
Too young. Too busy. Too old.
Bought a gun. Sonny found it.
One more drink. Four more dead.
Drove and texted. Carved in stone.
Married happily. Money woes. Lawyers richer.
Growing old. Looking back. Shoulda dids.
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Sat up straight. On a thumbtack.
Chargoggagoogmanchoggaggoggchaubunagungamaugg. White people came. Webster Lake.
(The original Indian name for the lake, which is in Massachusetts near the Connecticut border is the longest place name in the United States.)
See if you can come up with a few shorts. It’s great practice for condensing. Most first drafts of any writing, fiction or non, can be cut down considerably, and always with beneficial effect.
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