Six Word Stories

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.

Wired compiled some authors’ stories here, and is an online collection of user-submitted stories.

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!]


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