Sunday, 3 July 2011

A Story In Just Six Words

Have you ever tried to write a story in just 6 words? Ernest Hemingway did - possibly in response to a challenge, possibly as a bet, possibly 'just because' - it matters not! His beautifully poignant story reads thus:

For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn

I'm (obviously!) not claiming to be in the same league as Ernest Hemingway, but I thought I'd have a go at the 6 word challenge. Here's my story....

"She said 'Yes!'"
"I said 'No.'"

This post was brought to you by Sian's Storytelling Sundays

20 comments:

Amy said...

This sounds like the sort of story where more than six words would be too much!

scrappyjacky said...

This sounds like it might have something to do with the Tomboy!!!!

Lizzie said...

Great stuff, Mel! DS was on a weekend course, last Saturday & Sunday. His Sunday workshop was called "Short Short Stories" and they spent some of their time doing stuff like this - stories in so many words or sentences. He took the Ernest Hemingway story along with him, to show the tutor (should he/she have not already got it in their notes!). It may be very short, but it makes you think...
I like your version too.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...
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Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Perfect contribution to Story Telling Sunday!

{six word comment...:o) }

Jimjams said...

As intriguing as "Imagine photo here"!

Lynn said...

Certainly makes you wonder!

Mary B said...

Now I am curious what you were saying yes and no to? lol

debs14 said...

Excellent! Is this inspired by a true life situation?!

Kirsty.a said...

Great stuff. Ii've seen Hemingway's story before but had foegotten it. Love yours.

Alison said...

I'm trying to work out if it had a happy ending or not? ;)
Alison xx

Sian said...

Is it to be continued? Or should we just use our imaginations :)

Thanks for joining in Storytelling Sunday Mel!

JO SOWERBY said...

it's like the haiku of storytelling mel,
jo xxx

furrypig said...

I have never seen that Hemmingway story before, makes me feel a bit sad! I am definitely intrigued with yours! Think we need a follow up story!

Karen said...

I've read two different collections of the Six Word Stories, some of them are incredibly touching and/or revealing! I've never tried to write one, though.

Melissa said...

Just catching up on some blog reading today! Life has been busy here, too, and I'm looking forward to Tuesday when all my hosue guests (six right now!) will be gone and I can take a long nap, then re-focus for the month of July! :>)

Ladkyis said...

Unfortunately Brevity is not my forte

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

My six word story, from college
"He came and then he went" about my hit & run boyfriend who would drop in unexpectedly for random amount of time before suddenly taking off again.

Maria Ontiveros said...

It's a difficult exercise! I've tried it with some collage pieces b/c the images help the story along.
Rinda

Ginger said...

looks like you had the last word Mel :0