Sunday, April 10, 2011

Six Word Story

Ernest Hemingway wrote a complete story in just six words. "For sale: baby shoes, never used."

With just those six words, an entire story is created in the reader's mind. I picture a bereft woman, clutching her empty, but swollen stomach. She could have had a miscarriage or gave birth to a stillborn. Maybe she found out she couldn't have another child. Or maybe her and her husband decided not to try for another. There's pain and sorrow in those six words.

In today's post, I'm going to try to create a story with six words. I'll make several attempts.
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Blood dripped from her sliced wrist.

You were great. I'll call you.

Is that lipstick on your collar?

Dear Mom, I'm sorry. Love, Alex

Still fingers, blank page, frustrated writer.

He knelt before her. She gasped.

For Sale: baby sister, no refunds.

One revolver, one bullet, Russian roulette.