Dear Perfect Stranger,
I’ve always held some interest in the power of words and how powerful just a few words can be. Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” and he apparently called it his best work. The six words immediately launch a series of questions. Why are the shoes for sale? What happened to the baby? Was there ever a baby? Who is that mysterious person selling the shoes?
When asked to write similar, 6 word stories, writers had a plethora of ideas. Some of my favorites include:
Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
– Margaret Atwood
From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.
– Gregory Maguire
Nevertheless, he tried a third time.
– James P. Blaylock
Thought I was right. I wasn’t.
– Graeme Gibson
Writing a 6 word story is harder than you’d think. I’m still working on mine.
Do you have any ideas that can be put into 6 words?
Your friendly picker upper 🙂