Just something I posted on the Interstellar Fiction Blog. Might as well put it up here, too.
Nobody ever said that a story had to be long.
Many aspiring writers feel that they are only doing a good job if they’ve got a weighty manuscript to throw around. However, the quality of a written work has little to do with its weight. Shakespeare got it right when he said “brevity is the soul of wit.”
So this entry is dedicated to the six-word short story.
There’s an urban legend that Ernest Hemingway, in order to win a bet, wrote a six word short story. Here is Hemingway’s six word story:
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
Whether or not he actually wrote this is a moot point. So much emotion is packed into such a small space. It’s the words that aren’t written that tell the story. All the readers get is a vague outline and have to fill in the blanks on their own.
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