SIX-WORD STORIES The challenge is to write Ultra-Short Stories to equal the famous six-worder:

For sale: baby shoes, never used.
—Ernest Hemingway

Firstly, because I simply had to go one better, my five-word version of The History Of All That Exists.

Chaos; miniscule order; development; universe.

There are, by the way, whole websites devoted to six-word stories, and some of the results are really excellent. Now, ten six-word short stories I have written:

‘Obituary? Did he ever achieve anything?’
The unfortunate accident took much planning.
Worked unceasingly, saved fanatically…died young.
Frogs croaked; pond drained; frogs ‘croaked’.
‘Creating havoc?’ ‘Yes; havoc good day!’
Awfully pretty wedding; pretty awfully married…
Bad actors actually murdered Julius Caesar.
‘You sure that altimeter is…aargh!’
He survived the war. She didn’t.
Troubled beginning; resolving development; happy ending.

  In the next three, I have used a heading, but still counted it in as part of the six words.
  I have come to realise that with some of mine (as with many found in the blogsites devoted to this ultra-flash-fiction) the result may give a twist, but that twist is simply a clever quip rather than something which actually creates a story in the mind.
  I think the ideal should be to stimulate the imagination, so that it starts filling in background to create a story with characters, a beginning, middle and conclusion. The heading, if any, shouldn’t give it away at the start. Hopefully, these work on that level.


 ‘Tubey, or not to be…’


Accident? No. ‘She pushed him!’


 ‘Red…?’ ‘Green!’ *snip* BOOM!

© August 2010 Colonialist (Word/Press/Letterdash)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. Lyndatjie says:

    LOL… the tubey one killed me…. 🙂


  2. cindy says:

    I enjoyed these 🙂


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