Funny enough, the subject of today’s post is courtesy of John Mayer (recording/sandwich artist extraordinaire). He twittered about this awhile ago and it stuck in my brain. I’ve been mulling it over for awhile as a writing exercise, because if condensing my thoughts to no more than 140 characters (for Twitter) is challenged, condensing a whole story down to six words is even harder.
The six word story was allegedly sprung from Ernest Hemingway’s oeuvre. He is rumored to have written a story in just six words. What’s amazing is that when you read the six words, you can totally understand how it constitutes a story of some kind. Your mind just sort of grasps the whole tale, which is weird since it’s just six freaking words.
Here’s Hemingway’s teeny tiny little short story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Just take a minute to let that sink in. You get the whole story, right? It’s pretty incredible, really, don’t you think?
In the spirit of Hemingway’s fine example, I’ve set my considerable will to crafting my very own teeny tiny little short stories. I hereby offer them to you, my fine readers, for you consideration and/or derision.
- Cannibals taught me everything I know.
- Redeeming a lifetime of poverty, Christmas.
- From pup to beast, nearly overnight.
- After years of strife, they wed.
- Canned soups make great improvised weapons.
- The new haircut changed her entirely.
- Furious, she said, “Crap, I’m pregnant.”
Wow, if you read them all together they make one heck of a weird story…
I know, I know, mine are nowhere near as good as Mr. Hemingway’s fine example, but everyone’s gotta start somewhere. I hope you’ll excuse me if I don’t write to the caliber of an American literary legend, m’kay?
Now that I’ve ventured my own piteous examples, I really want to know what creativity strikes you (and where). What story can you tell using six words?