A Masterpiece in Six Words?
I was looking at a competition to find the best six word short story! Yep, six words. Apparently this comes from Ernest Hemingway, who once bet someone he could write the world's best short story in 6 words. It was poo pooed, but he wrote:
For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never worn.
Now *that* is good. Kind of a neat concept Trouble is, it's hard to top that one without copying it. You can do all kinds of variations. But something original??
Anyone got any? And no, I do NOT intend to steal your idea and enter it into the competition. I don't think it is for me at all, but I thought it would be fun to see what we all come up with. Make Friday go a little quicker.....
Okay.... I guess I should offer up first. Three I came up with today:
Three little words can't always help.
Press the send key. Say goodbye.
Forgiveness is okay for other people.
Hemingway was known for his minimalist language. I believe the interviewer asked him to express pathos in as few a words as possible. Obviously, it's impossible to write any kind of story in six words, but you CAN press emotional or comedic buttons. I like this one:
"Shut up," I explained.
Well, I kind of disagree. Most times, the six words thing does not work to evoke a story, but I really think the baby shoes one does. Immediately in my head I am thinking of a young married couple who tried for years to have a baby, had one, it died at birth or maybe before - now they are giving up and there is such a sadness there. It evokes a whole mass of feelings in me. It literally is as if I have read that story, all about their pain.
For the most part, anyone trying to emulate that success with six words of their own always comes up short. Mostly, using six words results in confusion and the concept is never quite conveyed. The author knows what it's all about but it's just gobbledygook.
I am sure there are brilliant exceptions, like Hemingway's, that would make me believe I had read a whole story - which we all know means me making my own up in my head. Clever stuff.
Just thought I would throw it in today to make my Friday go a little faster. Almost hometime! Yay!
Hope you have a good weekend.
You: It evokes a whole mass of feelings in me.
Me: ...you CAN press emotional or comedic buttons.
Did he write a short story? Nope. Not even close. Did he press an emotional button? Yep. Big time. That's all you can do in that space.
How about the following? I call it "Epitaph of a Lottery Player":
I'll win one day.
You might find these interesting:
short story? in six words.... for me the happiest one would be
bottle green nail paint, for free
you said it is for fun I am sorry if it was something serious
Hmm, I used to call these one-liners.. Let's see...
No one will ever be enough.
You tried, that's all that matters.
This almost belonged to our child.
Any of this make you feel anything? I hope I did good lol