Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Six-word Stories

Michael Salsbury
Back in 2006, Wired magazine published an article that mentioned how Ernest Hemingway once write a six-word story ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.").  The magazine asked various sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers to take a shot at it.  Some examples from the article:

  • Automobile warranty expires. So does engine. - Stan Lee
  • Wasted day. Wasted life. Dessert please. - Steve Meretzky
  • We kissed. She melted. Mop please! - James Patrick Kelly
  • I'm dead. I've missed you. Kiss...? - Neil Gaiman

Here are my own attempts:

  • "Hey, watch this!" His last words.
  • She finds love.  My heart breaks.
  • Astronauts reach Mars. Refuse return trip..
  • Life refused. Lit fuse. Wind defused.
  • System hacked! NSA tracked. Jailed, sacked.
  • Browser deflected. Malware injected. System infected.
  • Deity looks down. Shakes head. Cries.
  • Writer faces deadline. Watches TV instead.
Hope you enjoyed these.  Feel free to try a few of your own and post in the comments.

About the Author

Michael Salsbury / Author & Editor

In his day job, Michael Salsbury helps administer over 1,800 Windows desktop computers for a Central Ohio non-profit. When he's not working, he's writing, blogging, podcasting, home brewing, or playing "warm furniture" to his two Bengal cats.


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