Friday, October 30, 2015

Six Word Stories

Ernest Hemingway is credited with writing a six word short story that could bring people to tears.  It went something like this:

"For sale:  Baby shoes.  Never worn."

I, of course, don't claim to be a Hemingway myself but I thought I would try my hand at a few tonight.  My reasons are two-fold:  First, I just read "Twenty Six Word Sentences That Are Absolutely Heart Breaking" and, second, I feel that my brevity in speaking hasn't been matched by my havering in writing.  So, maybe this will be good practice?  I hope you enjoy, please tell me which ones you liked and/or hated!

We drank.  I laughed and laug--!

When is sunrise?  After your funeral.

Weapons save lives.  Mine's a joke.

She offered a proposition.  I refused.

Ophelia was confused. "What's a parent?" (I couldn't resist doing at least one with one of my characters overtly involved.)

"Look out!"
"What?" I started asking.

"I've looked better." You lie badly.

Well, that was harder and actually more fun than I thought it would be.  I will have to give this another try sometime.  Ray Bradbury said that if you write one short story every week, it would be impossible to have fifty-two bad ones in a row.  I wonder what the ratios are for this format?