What do Ernest Hemingway, Joss Whedon, and William Shatner have in common? They’ve all written a six word story – and so can you!
The concept is deceptively simple: write a whole story using just six words. The results? Often hilarious, sometimes sad, always short and sweet.
Here a few examples to get you thinking:
The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
– Orson Scott Card
Starlet sex scandal. Giant squid involved.
– Margaret Atwood
Kirby had never eaten toes before.
– Kevin Smith
Found true love. Married someone else.
– Dave Eggers
Well, I thought it was funny.
– Stephen Colbert (a six word memoir!)
Take a stab at your own, and let us know how it goes.
[Update: WesLibrarian Pat Tully wrote in with a great suggestion! Have a Twitter account? Let’s start a six word story exchange with the hashtag #Wes6ws – and don’t forget to post your stories in the comments here, too! Check out @WesLibNews while you’re at it!]