The legend is that some friends bet Ernest Hemingway that he couldn’t write an entire short story in six words. He wrote:
For Sale: Baby shoes. Never used.
It is considered a complete story because it contains all the elements of a short story, though most are implied. The five important elements of a short story are characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme.
Here are some of my attempts at writing 6-word stories, the first being very derivative of Hemingway’s:
- For sale: Broken bungee. Used once.
- Wrong turn. I’m lost. Need gun.
- I love her. She loves him.
- Playing on the stairs. Get up!
- Lived with a whimper. Died screaming.
- He pulled the trigger. Crime scene.
- I love ice cream. Brain freeze!
- Have coffee. Doing stupid things faster.
- Now open. Sex dungeon. Free admission.
- Five-hundred channels. Nothing to watch.
- Smoking the cigarette, he dies slowly.
- Lipstick on collar. Wife is leaving.