Terse Fun

The Writer’s Almanac recently mentioned the legend that Hemingway was asked to write a 6 word short story. His creation: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Wired Magazine challenged others to the same task, and got some fun entries:

Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
- Alan Moore

Epitaph: He shouldn’t have fed it.
- Brian Herbert

Nevertheless, he tried a third time.

- James P. Blaylock

He read his obituary with confusion.
- Steven Meretzky

Here are a couple of my own efforts:

“Let’s try,” he said, engine revving.

She should have checked her safety.

The amputee blamed me for everything.

Next morning, his nickname was “Pee-wee”.

Try your own hand at it in the comments!

10 Responses to “Terse Fun”

  1. Patti says:

    What about…

    Sighing, she walked toward the door.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The devil does my laundry.

  3. Nuke says:

    The policeman never ate donuts again.

  4. Jim says:

    If only his socks had matched.

    Gravy wasn't the answer, he realized.

    Sometimes she wondered, but not always.

    No more school – a strange punishment.

    That's what that means? Explains everything.

  5. Aric says:

    Excruciating pain. Full realization. Blackout.

    No scar. This can't be Grampa.

    Cut the wire! NO, NOT THAT…


    Bad regime is gone. Now what?

    Solution: Attractive candidate. Problem: No brains.

  6. Aric says:

    Unbearable pain. Finally, full realization. Blackout.

    No scar. This can't be Grampa.

    Cut the wire! NO, NOT THAT…


    Bad regime is gone. Now what?

    Attractive candidate. Brilliant! Problem: No brains.

  7. Mike says:

    I are a writer, she said.

  8. craig says:

    The lawyer was smart, and honest.

    For the fiction category.

  9. Birther says:

    Barack Obama: duly elected, never qualified.

  10. eefers says:

    My friend Rachel has edited a series of books with Smith Magazine inspired by this, they're pretty fun:



    They always told me to smile.

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