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Sep 26, 2007, 11:21am Top

I imagine most of you have heard of these. You attempt to write an entire story with only six words. There are plenty of examples online, but I'll post four that I just wrote here:

Car, door, seat, key, ignition: BOOM.

I'm white. Wifey's white. Baby's mulatto...?

"Who're you?" said the dead athiest.

Redneck surgeon: "Pass the duct tape."

This is a fun mental exercise that also happens to hone your word-choosing skills. Have fun, Writer-Readers!

-Danny Birt

Sep 26, 2007, 11:34am Top

Not quite the same thing, but along the same lines, are one sentence stories. I love to pop onto this website from time to time.

Sep 27, 2007, 8:36am Top

Boy met girl. Flirted, fought, ...

(Work out the last word for yourself. I'm uptight and there are some words I just don't like using.)

Sep 27, 2007, 9:33am Top

Pregnant woman. Who is the father.

Sep 27, 2007, 1:32pm Top

Redneck surgeon: "Pass the duct tape."
I love that.

I tried a few last year. Ugh. Yeah, not really my forte:

Won lottery. Now Jed's a millionaire.

Her thigh. His hand. Her fist.

Short but sweet: Honey, I'm gone.

Sep 27, 2007, 6:12pm Top

This kind of reminds me of Haiku. Interesting idea.

Cat stalks, climbs. Birds fly. Stuck.

Clicking, clicking. Children screaming. Ride's over.

Shadows. Footsteps echo? Heart beats. Run.

Sep 27, 2007, 6:31pm Top

#6 - I'd always wondered how cats so often ended up in that situation. I can just picture how the cat's face would look at the end of your story: "Aw, man! ...wait, where am... AW, MAN!"

Sep 27, 2007, 8:30pm Top

>7 buchleser:, Take out one word and that could be a story! Say...

Aw, man! ...wait, where...? AW, MAN!

Sep 28, 2007, 2:16pm Top

How about six sentence stories?


Oct 2, 2007, 11:29pm Top

take zolof. wife leaves. become spiritual


not 6 words but a good shortie:

come to Florida
on vacation
Leave Florida
on probation
Return to Florida
on violation.


dog-cat. cat-rat. rat-lawyer.

Oct 10, 2007, 11:49am Top

Bloody hungover. Husband yelling. Kitchen knife.

Does that make sense?

Edited: Oct 11, 2007, 1:21am Top

This reminds me of a couple volumes of "fifty-five fiction" I have, edited by Steve Moss. The first one is called The World's Shortest Stories.

Oct 11, 2007, 3:04am Top

Interesting challenge. I'm not a writer, but I thought I'd try my hand at being a multi-genre author.

Headshot, headshot, headshot, missed! Zombies win.

Grit, dirt. Soldiers die. Bittersweet victory.

One ring? No ring. Sauron defeated.

Continuum attacked! Timecops kill other emperor.

Awe-inspiring landscape and fascinating people. War.

"I was there," said the mountain.

Oct 17, 2007, 3:18pm Top

Is this idea based on the Hemingway story?

Oct 17, 2007, 3:33pm Top

I'm unsure, anowalk. I've seen them before, along with many other length stories (55-word stories being the most prominent). It's not my original idea, for sure.

Oct 17, 2007, 3:33pm Top

...but since you asked, would you care to post a story or two for us?

Oct 18, 2007, 8:25am Top

#3: Boy met girl. Flirted, fought, ...

(Work out the last word for yourself. I'm uptight and there are some words I just don't like using.)

That's hilarious!

I can't remember where I heard this:

Baby shoes for sale. Never used.

Edited: Oct 18, 2007, 8:56am Top

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Oct 18, 2007, 8:55am Top

That was the Hemingway story that started the whole thing. I think the wording was a bit different, though. It might have been "For Sale: Baby shoes. Never used." But I'm too lazy to look it up...

Oct 18, 2007, 8:58am Top

Sorry, useless posts and edit in #18.

Here is source for the Hemingway story (described as flash fiction): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_fiction

Oct 18, 2007, 9:17am Top

Kid's pet. Much loved. Great supper!

(Comes from the time my grandfather killed the goose.)

Oct 19, 2007, 9:21am Top

Kid's pet. Much loved. Great supper!

OMG! lol

Thanks for the Hemingway help.

Oct 19, 2007, 12:29pm Top

Man reading. Wind blows. Toupee flies.

Elevator rises. Man farts. Blames kid.

Dark hood. Red pupils. Morgue breath.

Oct 19, 2007, 12:58pm Top

WIRED did this (as a contest, maybe?) about a year ago.

The two I remember are -

Margaret Atwood's:

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.

and Charles Stross'

Internet 'wakes up'? Ridic-
(no carrier).

Oct 20, 2007, 7:18am Top

All of these have me lol! It's amazing what you can convey in six words. Very funny.

Oct 22, 2007, 2:12pm Top

Oooh.... Now I have to try!

Bored cat, ball on stairs. Whoops!

She woke up old one day.

The phone rang. Where was I?

The houseplant died. So did friendship.

Are these stories? Or random sh*t?

Oct 22, 2007, 2:42pm Top

#26 Rana-

I think your best one of the bunch was "She woke up old one day." It's singling out a point in time, yet it also begs the question(s) of what happened before/after. It allows for change.

The cat made me smile, too. :)

Oct 22, 2007, 3:16pm Top

#26: The houseplant was not watered enough.

Oct 26, 2007, 12:40pm Top

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Oct 26, 2007, 12:41pm Top

I think "She woke up old one day" is a great start for a novel!

I just thought of the unoriginal: He came. He saw. He conquered.

Oct 26, 2007, 1:01pm Top

Bald head. High branch. Big pigeon.

Oct 26, 2007, 3:02pm Top

Disturbed. Shakes Head. Looks for more.

Oct 26, 2007, 6:49pm Top

Cat's claws, dog's teeth, livingroom destroyed.

Oct 29, 2007, 6:14pm Top

Here are my quick ideas:

Tempting mango. Sharp knife. No bandaids.

Suspicious lump. Doctor visit. Good news!

My brother's long-haired cat. Ah-choo!

Opressive guilt. The cross. Complete forgiveness.

He's thoughtless. He's profound. He's mine!

I will love this man. Forever.

Oct 30, 2007, 9:24am Top

re: Hemingway's story--"For Sale: Baby shoes. Never used."

So Sad.

Along the same lines:
Our miracle never happened. Nobody knows.

Nov 6, 2007, 2:44pm Top

Typing story. "K" key gets stuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Nov 6, 2007, 3:17pm Top

Beautiful eyes. Great legs. Smoking gun.

Nov 6, 2007, 3:35pm Top

media1001, is that memoir? :)

Edited: Nov 6, 2007, 7:24pm Top

#39: heh heh. Appears that way. These are actually pretty fun to create. Here's a few more:

Driving fast, full coffee cup...ACHOO!

Laughter punishable by execution. Hilarity ensues.

Red wire?! Green wire?! Red...BOOM!

Living. Loving. Laughing. Repeat until death.

-- M1001

Nov 6, 2007, 8:42pm Top

In honor of Election Day:

Blather. Vote. Repeat. Blather. Vote. Repeat.

Nov 7, 2007, 7:52am Top

Told him the truth. Bad idea.

Nov 8, 2007, 9:07am Top

Many of the postcards at http://www.postsecret.com are mini-stories.

If you're into short, short fiction, try Flash Fiction for stories ranging from one to three pages.

Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention http://www.scrawlers.com, a free online writing workshop encouraging original 100-word short stories.

Nov 8, 2007, 9:13am Top

Of course there's:

"I came. I saw. I conquered."

But that's translating three words.

Nov 21, 2007, 11:50am Top

Been there, done that, won't again.

Although it could deal with many things, this refers to the 4 a.m. day after Thanksgiving sales.

Nov 21, 2007, 11:53am Top

Re: Baby Shoes

I told that at a ladies' meeting I was speaking at and there was a definite (unanimous?) groan from the audience at that story. Funny how 6 words can touch the heart.

Feb 2, 2008, 4:43pm Top

White stripes, a road. No pelicans.

Hey! This is fun.

Feb 3, 2008, 10:05am Top

All night long, waking, touching --

Schoolbus coming
Gotta hurry Ohno!

Slamming door, screeching tires
alone again.

Green lettuce
little rabbits
empty garden.

Traffic light
turning yellow
watch out!

Pretty kitty, black, white stripes -Phew!

6 word stories too addictive, goodby.

Feb 3, 2008, 6:10pm Top

Cute puppy. Small bladder. Expensive rug.

No break fluid. Angry former girlfriend.

Zoo. Kids. Lions. No more carpool!

Feb 4, 2008, 9:25pm Top

Hello? Who's there? Click. Click. Boom!

What's that smell? NO DON'T LIGHT....

Feb 4, 2008, 9:40pm Top

Can I have a six word story trilogy? :o)

Tired mom. Comfy bed. Sleepless child.

Amorous dad. Sleepless child. Broken mood.

Sleeping child. Now I have insomnia.

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Feb 5, 2008, 5:26pm Top

The Best American Non-Required Reading 2007, ed. by Dave Eggers, has a section called "Best American six word memoirs." Here are some of my favorites:


"Lucky in love, unlucky in metabolism"

"Found true love, married someone else"

Ex-wife and contractor now have house."

And Mine:
Planned on writing but started teaching.

Feb 5, 2008, 5:27pm Top

love this one!

Feb 5, 2008, 10:52pm Top

Six word memoirs, I never heard of these. So cute.

Smile, erotic dream; awake, wrong partner.

Biographers write non-fiction, autobiographers write fiction.

Twenty-something "Tweety" tatoo, sixty-something odd bird.

I like the memoir theme.

Apr 14, 2008, 3:11pm Top

"I saw. I loved. She didn't."

Apr 14, 2008, 3:12pm Top

"The ''gun'' was a plastic toy."

Apr 14, 2008, 3:23pm Top

"Once this planet was alive."

“Kids who tell, go to Hell.”

"Home help needed. Must like rubber"

“What does this red button do?”

"Dental surgeon required. No experience necessary. "

"Not everyone we bury is dead."

"Can anyone here fly a plane?"

"But that makes him her father!"

"Nobody needs lifeboats, the Titanic's unsinkable"

"Blackmail is such an ugly word."

“It's only murder if it's human.”

"Three months. Four months, tops. Sorry."

“Listen, this plan is foolproof!”

"Joan continued cashing Harold's security checks."

"Nobody noticed the stain getting worse."

"One day, all the Jews disappeared."

"They're testing Chernobyl's safety systems tomorrow."

"High above Hiroshima, a tiny aeroplane."

"He wrote as he lived. Badly."

Apr 14, 2008, 4:04pm Top


Apr 14, 2008, 10:21pm Top

Problem. Fix. Now a bigger problem.

For a moment, all was OK.

Apr 14, 2008, 11:17pm Top

Who knew the boat had holes?

Apr 15, 2008, 12:52am Top

He says he loves me. Why?

I remember last night. Do you?

Tall. Dark. Handsome. Mine? Yes, please.

Moroccan sunset. Two lovers. Perfect ending.

Apr 15, 2008, 1:02am Top

How many beers? Who ARE you?

Apr 15, 2008, 3:26am Top

Where did it go? Home. Forever.

Empty bed. You left your shape.

She smiles, imprisoned in a photograph.

Apr 15, 2008, 9:17am Top

why? A breakthrough, then another wall.

to sum up, optimism wasn't enough.

enlightenment, enrapture...wait, what's that? Damn.

Apologies, I am frustration in progress.

Apr 15, 2008, 10:06am Top

Sleep? No. Graduate student. Coffee, please.

Apr 16, 2008, 3:11am Top

Lose keys. Lose head. Duct tape.

Window. Light breeze. Hard shove. Splat.

Cat. My friend. Cancer. A tear.

May 2, 2008, 8:48am Top

She said yes. She regretted it.

May 14, 2008, 11:16am Top

They killed him. He came back.

Edited: Jun 3, 2008, 4:44pm Top

What's that, oh no, floatation device!
Weird word, got me.. ehm stuck..

Jun 21, 2008, 10:07pm Top

Once upon a time, the end.

Eyes lock, arms embrace, lips meet.

Jun 22, 2008, 12:29am Top

The bird soars into the windshield.

Jun 27, 2008, 10:47am Top

Ronald McDonald's head, between two bits of bread

Silk sheets and After Eight mints

Sea, sand, sun. Drinks, dance. Divorce

I'll never get married again.

Jun 30, 2008, 8:51am Top

That last one is only five words, reading_fox. Writers need to push the limits. ;-)

Jul 1, 2008, 10:48am Top

Out of the darkness, it came.

Her nose in the daisies, smiling.

Tight grip, slippery palms, hard landing.

Roadtrip, hair tangled by the wind.

Jul 2, 2008, 6:26pm Top

Audacious, Audacity! BTW, In 73 I should have said break rules.

Jul 3, 2008, 8:31pm Top

That is a very impressive six-word story. I love it.

Jul 5, 2008, 12:39pm Top

I did this in a blog meme. It was your biography in six words /or less./ Mine:


Jul 6, 2008, 12:58pm Top

Hermit_9 and WickedlyLovely, Thank You!

I really enjoyed coming up with them. What a fun thread!

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