Monday, August 22, 2011

6 words


Today all the students in the course I am helping to teach presented mini-lessons. I got to learn about everything from the definition of 'play' to wireless sensor networks. I even participated in a Portuguese language lesson. But my favourite lesson of the day was the one from an English Literature major. She presented a short lesson on the six-word story.

Ernest Hemingway, who is known for his understatement and economy with words, was once challenged to write a story in six words (perhaps as a bar bet) and came up with this masterpiece. For sale: baby shoes, never worn. He is said to have called it his best work. It is amazing how much can be said in six words. In this morning's class, we had a chance to try our hands at this concise form of writing. I will show you my results at the end, but first, here are a few more examples for your enjoyment. Some are from famous authors and some are not.

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so. - Joss Whedon
Wasted day. Wasted life. Dessert, please. - Frank Miller
We kissed. She melted. Mop please! - James Patrick Kelly
Kirby had never eaten toes before. - Kevin Smith
K.I.A. Baghdad, Aged 18 - Closed Casket. - Richard K. Morgan
Thought I was right. I wasn't. - Graeme Gibson
Will this do (lazy writer asked)? - Ken MacLeod
In the beginning was the word. - John
Finding Nemo. Grilling Nemo. Eating Nemo. - Amy
Lost my wallet, found my desires. - Devendra Surolia
Through mud, under bullets, found freedom. - Conrad Panganiban
Six words. Longer than some lifetimes. - Matte
Don't touch that button. It will -- - Matte

Go ahead and try it! Post your 6 word story as a comment if you like!

Photo: Man, car, ocean. Need nothing more.

1 comment:

Shelley said...

Friend's moving.Heart's breaking.What's next?