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The Six Word Story—Who started it?

The six word story is a wonderful challenge to take on …the shortest of short stories.  Can you use less words or would one more word say a 7 word story be better?  Visit Open Culture Online to get the low down on when the six word story first appeared in English Literature.  Hemingway is given credit for this literary device but this assertion is hotly disputed by many online pundits and English Literature historians.

Can it be disputed that  six words popularly attributed to Hemingway   (For sale, baby shoes. Never worn.) is quite well crafted and tells a sad tale.  Perhaps the word order and punctuation is what makes this a beautiful piece of writing.  We can at least attribute the crafting of the story to Hemingway.  There is art in crafting a story after all.

In this post modern era we could incorporate text and image into the six word story.  The juxtaposition and interplay between image and word could create some very interesting brief stories. See my Puffy White Delights post.

Try it out and post one below!

Or post it on this website Six Word Stories . Net.

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