Six Word Story
A story about Ernest Hemingway and a bet with some of his writer friends has been around forever. Though it has never been proven to be true, it leads to an interesting exercise.
Supposedly, someone bet Hemingway ten dollars that he couldn't write a whole story in 6 words. Hemingway (supposedly) responded with this:
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn”
Some more examples are on the Six Word Stories site. Since we are creepy closer to Halloween, you might also like the Scary Stories twitter account.
Six Word Memoir
A variation on this is to write a six word memoir about yourself. Smith Magazine has a web project that has produced two books with these memoirs.
Here are a few from the teen version:
“Laughed at all the wrong moments.”
“The keys I have don’t fit.”
“Desperate to explore, yet stuck here.”
Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to write a six word story or memoir. Try to do it without repeating words. Do your best to pack as much meaning and implication as possible in those six words, just like Hemingway (probably never) did.