I have seen other bloggers doing this – (shout out to Pooja from Lifesfinewhine) and I have thought about doing it several, times but never did. I think I want to give it a go on this blog and see how it does as a series.
There is a fascinating history behind how the Six-Word Story came to be, otherwise known as “Flash Fiction”. It involves the writer Ernest Hemingway taking a wager with other writers, that he could write an entire story in only six words. This is confirmed as unsubstantiated by Wikipedia, but it’s interesting none-the-less.
The six-word story that Hemingway came up with is this:
For sale: baby shoes, never worn
Hemingway was considered a writer way ahead of his time, so it wouldn’t be that far-fetched to think that he could produce such a tragic and moving story in only six words. But it does put pressure on anyone else trying to follow in his esteemed footsteps!
I think I’ll give it a go anyway, and see where the path takes me. I actually did start off putting together six-word movie reviews on Letterboxd the other day. And I came up with a couple for these recent movie releases:
My six-word review:
“Possessors can and will lose themselves”…
“With one swallow, she was free”
The difference between writing a movie review in six words and writing a story is that the only way you can gain context with a review is to watch the film. So it’s one step better than a trailer in that sense.
But I have read some heart-breaking six-story words over the last few months, and you just can’t stop thinking about the “how’s” and the “what if’s”. There are just so many questions. I think if that is how you react to a six-word anything, the author is definitely doing it right.
I don’t think a six-word story has to be complete. I think a six-word story must be compelling enough to get you to think about the meaning behind the words and how you interpret those words. It’s just like any story, really. You have to choose the words carefully enough to describe an event, but you also have to leave something out so that the reader is left wondering and thinking about it. I mean, why else do you continue to read a book after the first few pages? Because you need and want to know more.
I’ll be thinking about this topic a lot more over the next few days, and I’ll keep writing about it just for this blog.
Have you got any great six-word stories that you’re willing to share or talk about? Let me know in the comments!
As always, stay safe and keep writing and I’ll catch you in the next post!