04 February 2009

6 Words

I stumbled upon this marvelous little book, Not Quite What I Was Planning, a volume of concise and sometimes laconic stories that only have 6 words. One would think that limiting oneself to only 6 words would be constraining and impossible. But in fact the opposite is true. Much like a Haiku, the limited structure produces surprising brevity.

According to literary legend, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His answer:
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Some of my favorites from the book...

Followed white rabbit. Became black sheep.
(Gabrielle Maconi)

Thank God I lived through Vietnam.
(Captain John Irving)

So it goes a tad askew.
(Michael Dickter)

I colored outside the lines.
(Jacob Thomas)

Ran away with circus; never returned.
(Ellia Bisker)

Polka-dotted mayhem and decadent disasters.
(Candace Locklear)

It's like forever, only much shorter.
(Pete DeVito)

Saw the sky and started walking.
(Mark Sundeen)

You can say a lot in six words.

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