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Six-word stories are a must-read (and a must-write) for any lover of short fiction. Ultra short fiction writers know the importance of what is included on the written page and what is left unsaid in their stories. This is undeniably the case with six-worders.
Here are some classic examples:
“For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” - Ernest Hemingway
“Longed for him. Got him. Shit.” - Margaret Atwood
“Found true love. Married someone else.” - Dave Eggers
“Wasted day. Wasted life. Dessert, please.” - Steven Meretzky
And here is one of mine, which I wrote a few years ago in an online writing group:
“Jaws of Life chomp in vain.”
Though my example is a bit dreary for a Monday, it forces the reader to fill in the blank spaces. I think this is one of the most common qualities for any six-word story, and probably the most essential.
If you have the time or energy, it would be a lot of fun to see some other six-word stories. Feel free to leave one below — or any other comment! It’s always great to hear from you all.
Take care, have a great week, and be sure to stop by our “fire” on Friday to read and write some fifties.