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six-word stories

Postby Dan » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:05 am

There's a bit of folklore about Ernest Hemingway taking on a bet that he could write a story in just six words. As the story goes, he wrote, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." The origin of the six-word story isn't likely true, but I still find the idea of minimalist writing to be a compelling one. I think some of the best writers out there are the ones that can trigger your mind to fill in all kinds of information they never actually gave.

So here's the challenge.

1. Create a story in exactly six words. You must at least imply a narrative in that space. Bits of setting or description don't count.

2. For simplicity's sake, we'll count contractions as a single word.

3. Compound words will also count as a single word, regardless of whether they're hyphenated, closed, or open. (http://www.k12reader.com/compound-words/)

4. In keeping with the example story, the sentences do not have to be complete (in the grammatical sense), but they do have to be intelligible.

I don't have a great idea at the moment, but since I suggested the game, I'll go first.
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Re: six-word stories

Postby Dan » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:05 am

Those three words set me free.
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Re: six-word stories

Postby zircher » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:22 am

Those three words, "Set me free." [Playing with how punctuation changes things.]

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Re: six-word stories

Postby Ikoma » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:23 am

Forgot to bring the silver bullet.
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Postby Azhrei Vep » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:26 am

And Then John Was a Zombie
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Re: six-word stories

Postby anthroslug » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:27 am

Too late, I remembered the antidote
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Postby clintmemo » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:55 am

Hatch blown; Visor Cracked; Lights fading.
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Postby Lord Foul » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:30 pm

Harry lived for war, and died.
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Postby anthroslug » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:37 pm

I was here...then IT came!
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Re: six-word stories

Postby Wihzerd » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:12 pm

My friend killed me today... Again.


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