Legend has it Ernest Hemingway once made a bet with fellow writers that he could write a story that was only six words long.

According to the myth, this was what he wrote, on a nearby napkin:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Although the story isn’t exactly true, the idea has spread like wildfire, and a never-ending variety of Six-Word fiction has emerged.

More than being a catalyst for writing, microfiction is an excellent exercise in how it asks for you to play around with language, grammar and meaning – and cut the plot down to the very basics.


Story #1 – The Fall
Story #2 – True Story


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