Legend has it that Earnest Hemingway once made a bet that he could write a complete story in only six words.
His winning tale —
For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.
While it is most likely that the legend itself is actually a work of fiction, you can bet your bottom dollar that the six-word story is a terrific writing exercise.
And it’s a great way to get published, too—
The online magazine Smith asks readers to post clever six-word memoirs here.
So give it a whirl, and your story might end up in their next compilation.
Here are few fun examples to inspire you—
The miserable childhood leads to royalties.
~ Frank McCourt
Fifteen years since last professional haircut.
Well, I thought it was funny.
Couldn't cope so I wrote songs.
And this one’s mine—
Grew taller. But, alas, never matured.
PROMPT: What’s your six-word story? For some inspiration, pick up a copy of Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure edited by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith. Then enter your super six-word tale today!