Hello all! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s! Sorry that there has been a dearth of activity from me over the past month. The holiday season is always so busy, and in my attempt to recharge, I lost all sense of urgency re: blogging. That said, I have a few posts in the hopper, and hope to have something more substantial out within the week. Until then, I’ve got some six-word narratives for you below!
As the story goes, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a complete tale using only six words. He won the bet with the following:
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
While the attribution of this story to Hemingway is under debate, the concept of a six-word narrative has become incredibly popular as an extreme version of flash fiction. It’s definitely a great writing exercise; I find that sometimes I write something that is less of a story and more of an aphorism or mere idea, but it’s still fun to try.
Every month, io9.com puts up a prompt to write six-word science fiction. Here are some that I’ve contributed in the past two months:
“The EMP disabled Rudolph’s nose!” Crash!
Cryo failed. Awake for years. (Coffee.)
The screensaver activated; the world ended.
Earth. Warning: Here there be monsters!
Help Wanted (Humans need not apply.)
Traded immortality for love. Worth it.
Have you ever written a six-word story? Feel free to give it a try in the comments!