Thursday, July 23, 2009

Terse Fun

The Writer's Almanac recently mentioned the legend that Hemingway was asked to write a 6 word short story. His creation: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Wired Magazine challenged others to the same task, and got some fun entries:

Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
- Alan Moore

Epitaph: He shouldn't have fed it.
- Brian Herbert

Nevertheless, he tried a third time.

- James P. Blaylock

He read his obituary with confusion.
- Steven Meretzky

Here are a couple of my own efforts:

"Let's try," he said, engine revving.

She should have checked her safety.

The amputee blamed me for everything.

Next morning, his nickname was "Pee-wee".


Try your own hand at it in the comments!

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Patti said...

What about...

Sighing, she walked toward the door.

7/23/2009 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The devil does my laundry.

7/23/2009 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Nuke said...

The policeman never ate donuts again.

7/23/2009 9:13 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

If only his socks had matched.

Gravy wasn't the answer, he realized.

Sometimes she wondered, but not always.

No more school - a strange punishment.

That's what that means? Explains everything.

7/23/2009 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Aric said...

Excruciating pain. Full realization. Blackout.

No scar. This can't be Grampa.

Cut the wire! NO, NOT THAT...

NON FICTION CATEGORY:

Bad regime is gone. Now what?

Solution: Attractive candidate. Problem: No brains.

7/24/2009 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Aric said...

Unbearable pain. Finally, full realization. Blackout.

No scar. This can't be Grampa.

Cut the wire! NO, NOT THAT...

NON-FICTION CATEGORY:

Bad regime is gone. Now what?

Attractive candidate. Brilliant! Problem: No brains.

7/24/2009 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I are a writer, she said.

7/24/2009 5:04 PM  
Blogger craig said...

The lawyer was smart, and honest.

For the fiction category.

7/24/2009 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Birther said...

Barack Obama: duly elected, never qualified.

7/24/2009 11:56 PM  
Blogger eefers said...

My friend Rachel has edited a series of books with Smith Magazine inspired by this, they're pretty fun:

http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/

Mine:

They always told me to smile.

7/25/2009 11:54 AM  

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