Six Word Stories

Wired (a great magazine) gives us Very Short StoriesWe’ll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and is said to have called it his best work. So we asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves.

A sampling:

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
Joss Whedon

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
– Margaret Atwood

Lie detector eyeglasses perfected: Civilization collapses.
– Richard Powers

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5 thoughts on “Six Word Stories”

  1. Consumed pretzels, browsed internet. Day wasted.

    Hee hee – neat idea. Joss Whedon’s is definitely my favorite. This SCREAMS in-class writing workshop exercise, no?

  2. Philip K. Dick had a great story he wrote in five words. He later turned it into the title of one of his books: “Now Wait for Last Year.”

    Another story-turned-title he wrote in six: “Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.”

  3. Here’s one, inspired by one of my favorite movies:

    “Bones don’t go in the woodchipper.”

    I also like haiku that tells a story. Here’s one I wrote ages ago:

    The sign says shortcut.
    I decide not to take it,
    Bones hold up the sign.

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