Blog for budding Sheikhspeares entering National Novel Writing Month 2006

November 02, 2006

Succintness and the Writer: Very Short Stories

Wired Magazine had a frankly brilliant idea: invite a bunch to writers to write a story in six words (as Hemingway famously did: For sale: baby shoes, never worn).

Some excerpts:

Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.
- William Shatner

It cost too much, staying human.
- Bruce Sterling

Heaven falls. Details at eleven.
- Robert Jordan

Will this do (lazy writer asked)?
- Ken MacLeod

I have no idea if this is relevant to NaNoWriMo which favours production over brevity, but who knows, maybe people will find it gives them the genesis of a new idea.


Blogger forestsister said...

I'm liking this one:

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
- Margaret Atwood

02 November, 2006 09:54

Blogger secretdubai said...

"If only we could do this."

There's mine ;)

02 November, 2006 12:40

Blogger marwan said...

This is pretty fun!

"She was not a real girl."

"The noose cut short my fall."

02 November, 2006 15:15

Blogger snow white said...

xLoved him and killed him. Twice.

02 November, 2006 17:15


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