Writing Exercises

Six Word Story Challenge

In the 1920’s, Ernest Hemingway was supposed to have won a bet for successfully proving that he could write a six word short story:

For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.

There is no denying that those six words provide a moving, heart breaking, tragic tale. I can picture tiny, red, Mary-Jane shoes in a pristine box, wrapped in tissue paper, and a grieving mother crying over the them.

I attempted the six word story challenge, and it was harder than I anticipated. To create six words that work together to spur the imaginations and emotions of the reader is no easy feat.

Here are my attempts:

We had the cure all along.

I chose euthanasia. Dignity in death.

Aliens reply, “We’re leaving. Earth sucks.”

As I said, a lot harder than I first anticipated, but I don’t think I did too badly.

I challenge anyone who wants a go, and I look forward to your six word stories.

All excerpts/ creative works are the property of K.J.Chapman


8 thoughts on “Six Word Story Challenge”

  1. Considering these were your results, I don’t think you did bad! This is good. We can’t really think of touching the founder’s levels, but the attempt is what matters 🙂


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