Story in Six Words


I’ve been doing a bit of reading lately about Ernest Hemmingway.

He  was famous for a terse minimalist style of writing that dispensed with flowery adjectives and got straight to the point. He was challenged once to write an entire story in just six words. This is what he wrote:

For sale. Baby’s shoes. Never used.

 Poignant. and so clever. I might have a try myself and see what I can tell in six words.

I’ve enjoyed reading some of his quotes – they have valuable advice in them for those of us who love to write!

“I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.”
Ernest Hemingway

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
Ernest Hemingway

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One response to “Story in Six Words”:

  1. Interesting. I have been doing a bit of reading about him, although as yet I haven’t read any of his work. Rather a tragic tale how is life ended, but seems to run in the family, possibly a medical condition.
    Have a great weekend in Brisbane and all the best for the awards. xxx

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