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Big Brother Dunk
2006-Nov-04, 09:55 PM
Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words which he claimed was his best work: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Wired Magazine asked several sci-fi, fantasy and horror writers for their six-word stories. Here's that list: Very Short Stories (http://wired.com/wired/archive/14.11/sixwords.html)
By the way, there is some questionable language contained in this link. Mods, delete if necessary.

Now here's your opportunity to have a little fun and post a 6-word story that would be appropriate for this forum.

I'll start it out...

"That's a UFO? Methinks swamp gas."

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Nov-04, 11:11 PM
In the beginning, it ended suddenly.

pghnative
2006-Nov-06, 07:05 PM
Nighttime. Aliens. What's that probe? Ouch!

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Nov-07, 12:56 AM
Life on Mars, dies, ultimately.

pghnative
2006-Nov-07, 01:25 AM
Waaaaaa! Why??? Kewl! Sex! Money! Urk...

Mellow
2006-Nov-07, 10:33 AM
Awake, home and dry, but green!

Maksutov
2006-Nov-07, 11:11 AM
It was a dark, stormy night.

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Nov-08, 01:49 AM
Telescope's set up.:)
Sky's clouded over.:wall:




Waaaaaa! Why??? Kewl! Sex! Money! Urk...
Excellent!!http://www.websmileys.com/sm/fingers/fing32.gif

pghnative
2006-Nov-08, 02:26 AM
Excellent!!http://www.websmileys.com/sm/fingers/fing32.gifThanks! I wasn't sure whether it was clear what I was getting at.

My next story is non-fiction, for the old-timers here:

Flying bug. Time-lapse photography. Chaos ensues. (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?t=14792&highlight=lamppost)

Swift
2006-Nov-08, 02:08 PM
Read instructions. But why? Oh no!

banquo's_bumble_puppy
2006-Nov-08, 02:18 PM
might as well be writing haikus

Maksutov
2006-Nov-08, 02:29 PM
might as well be writing haikusSignals! Set one! Set two! Haiku!

pghnative
2006-Nov-08, 02:41 PM
might as well be writing haikusOr do both:

Punctuation, verbs
Interjections, contractions.
Gillianren beams.

Peter Wilson
2006-Nov-08, 05:37 PM
Easier in German, with its compoundingwordetymology.

Swift
2006-Nov-08, 05:57 PM
We come in peace. What.....? <bang>

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Nov-09, 01:54 AM
So many stars. So little time.

brianok
2006-Nov-09, 02:22 PM
the cat approached the bird. TWEET!

pghnative
2006-Nov-09, 02:24 PM
Shroedinger peeked. Alive! True? or False?

Peter Wilson
2006-Nov-09, 08:38 PM
World begins.
Stuff happens.
World ends.

Swift
2006-Nov-10, 04:04 AM
Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us.

WaxRubiks
2006-Nov-10, 04:52 AM
On Moon alone.
Door.
Loud knock

pghnative
2006-Nov-10, 02:41 PM
Advertising.
Emblazoned on moon.
Astronomers cry.

WaxRubiks
2006-Nov-10, 08:10 PM
desert.
walked days.
discover flask leak......

Peter Wilson
2006-Nov-10, 08:49 PM
Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us.

That five. How does story end?

pghnative
2006-Nov-10, 08:58 PM
That five. How does story end?
Don't you just hate it when someone has torn out the last page of a book?

If I had written it, I'd have ended it ""Kaboom", but then I tend to be pessimistic.

Swift
2006-Nov-10, 11:49 PM
Originally Posted by Swift
Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us.That five. How does story end?
:doh: Nice if I could count.

Ok, how about some alternative endings...
First, stealing from pghnative

Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us. Bang.

Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us. Stars.
Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us. Them.

Melusine
2006-Nov-11, 02:06 AM
Cat ate the microchip mouse. Squeak.

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Nov-12, 02:38 AM
:doh: Nice if I could count.

Ok, how about some alternative endings...
First, stealing from pghnative

Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us. Bang.

Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us. Stars.
Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us. Them.

Waiting for test audience reaction before it goes into general release?;)
For what it's worth, I like the third one best.

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Nov-12, 02:39 AM
"What's that noise?"

"I'll go check."

Swift
2006-Nov-12, 04:35 AM
"Does this taste funny?" aahhh.... <thunk>

pghnative
2006-Nov-12, 05:34 PM
"Do I look fat." "Yes." <thunk>

Peter Wilson
2006-Nov-13, 09:22 PM
Does not compute. Need more info.

One Day More
2006-Nov-14, 04:25 AM
"Can't take it!" Computer shuts down.

Life: embryo-hood, infant-hood, childhood, adulthood, death.

Shortest play ever: Epilogue after Prologue.

Comet, big planet. Crash. Bye, SL-9!

Melusine
2006-Nov-14, 04:37 AM
Found a time machine. It's wicked.

One Day More
2006-Nov-14, 04:41 AM
Rome rose. Began cracking. Rome nevermore!

Empires rise, conquer, are conquered, die.

Awake! Morning, afternoon, evening, night. Sleep...

Peter Wilson
2006-Nov-15, 09:41 PM
Gentlemen, start your engines.
Go!
Kautionflagsundwordsfromsponzers

:hand:

mahesh
2006-Nov-16, 10:58 AM
He came. He saw. He conquered.

pghnative
2006-Nov-16, 02:32 PM
He came. He saw. He conquered.The three word "Cliffs notes" version is much better, partly because it is written (I think) in the first person.

Mellow
2006-Nov-16, 02:34 PM
Crikey! So every religion is wrong!

(sorry, pilfered this from Fururama)

mahesh
2006-Nov-16, 02:35 PM
The three word "Cliffs notes" version is much better, partly because it is written (I think) in the first person.


wassssssat??...don't know that one, enlighten me!!

i was just horsing around about julius caesar

Peter Wilson
2006-Nov-16, 05:50 PM
wassssssat??...don't know that one, enlighten me!!

i was just horsing around about julius caesar
Vini, vidi, vici.

...or latin somesuch.

mahesh
2006-Nov-17, 01:31 PM
Vini, vidi, vici.

...or latin somesuch.
ya, but that's only three words....may be his side-kick repeated it,
for hard-of-hearing folk.

pghnative
2006-Nov-17, 01:47 PM
He came. He saw. He conquered.
The three word "Cliffs notes" version is much better, partly because it is written (I think) in the first person.


Vini, vidi, vici.

Mahesh,

Pete was simply explaining my reference to a three word "Cliffs notes" version.

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Nov-17, 06:16 PM
Bond, James Bond. Shaken, not stirred.

Gruesome
2006-Nov-17, 06:25 PM
Tee up ball. Swing. Find it.

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Nov-17, 06:28 PM
Tee up ball. Swing. Find it.
HAH!! Story of my life! Are you a golfer?

jseefcoot
2006-Nov-17, 06:31 PM
I didn't write it, but it's the first thing to come to mind.

From the master, R.A. Heinlein:

"I came. I saw. She conquered."

Hugh Jass
2006-Nov-17, 07:36 PM
:doh: Nice if I could count.

Ok, how about some alternative endings...
First, stealing from pghnative

Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us. Bang.

Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us. Stars.
Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us. Them.

erm... you mean "Bang. Hydrogen. Stars. Planets. Us. 42."

Hugh Jass
2006-Nov-17, 07:40 PM
Is that all there is? Yes.

Peter Wilson
2006-Nov-17, 08:34 PM
Why not seven words?

Don't ask why.

Paul Beardsley
2006-Nov-17, 09:05 PM
Post deleted for... well, I just didn't think it was appropriate.

'Fraid that's 11 words!

greenfeather
2006-Nov-17, 10:33 PM
Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words which he claimed was his best work: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."


No conflict, no story. Bad writing!
Six words--no story, just Blurb.
Writer plus fame equals lazy writer.
real writers write stories, not gimmicks.

danscope
2006-Nov-18, 03:16 AM
"My turtle 's stuck under the refrigerator." :_

epenguin
2006-Nov-19, 11:58 AM
... trying to phone your callcentre all

Paul Beardsley
2006-Nov-21, 07:12 AM
Post deleted to hide real story.

Melusine
2006-Nov-21, 01:46 PM
Talked to Reality. It answered me.

pghnative
2006-Nov-21, 03:28 PM
For the creationists in the house:

Cain. Family massacre, suicide. God rebooted.

Peter Wilson
2006-Nov-21, 10:17 PM
Rose. Sank. Forgotten. Remembered. Discounted. Debated.

Melusine
2006-Nov-22, 10:11 PM
Mad dash! Slammed door!

Men's room.

Maksutov
2006-Nov-23, 09:11 AM
Vini, vidi, vici.

...or latin somesuch.Best restaurant in Atlanta (http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=veni+vidi+vici&near=Atlanta,+GA&radius=0.0&latlng=33748889,-84388056,3862412519968206616&sa=X&oi=local&ct=authority) not serving BBQ, chitlins, or fried chicken.

Meanwhile,

Wrote music. Lost hearing. Became great.

mahesh
2006-Nov-23, 01:07 PM
Best restaurant in Atlanta (http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=veni+vidi+vici&near=Atlanta,+GA&radius=0.0&latlng=33748889,-84388056,3862412519968206616&sa=X&oi=local&ct=authority) not serving BBQ, chitlins, or fried chicken.

Meanwhile,

Wrote music. Lost hearing. Became great.

Maksutov......He make me hungry, for

food and jokes! Meanwhile, Happy Thanksgiving!

Melusine
2006-Nov-23, 01:16 PM
Red light means go. Green, stop.

Maksutov
2006-Nov-24, 04:45 AM
What is the sun's color, George (http://www.bautforum.com/member.php?u=2475)?


Red light means go. Green, stop.Message received, applying brakes.

Melusine
2006-Nov-24, 05:56 PM
What is the sun's color, George (http://www.bautforum.com/member.php?u=2475)?
Message received, applying brakes.
Mak, what are you talking about?


Eventually he was consumed by mold.

antoniseb
2006-Nov-24, 10:10 PM
Mom, did I eat enough NOW?

Melusine
2006-Nov-25, 02:41 AM
Author found crushed by writer's block.

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Nov-25, 06:54 PM
I came. I sat. I typed.

Swift
2006-Nov-26, 02:35 AM
I came. I sat. I typed.
I came. You typed. I read.

antoniseb
2006-Nov-26, 01:47 PM
Yes, I know she's your fiance.

Mungascr
2006-Nov-26, 02:58 PM
Had this one forwarded to me as a joke :

A college writing class were all set an assignment - they had to write a story using the least words possible but it had to include :

1) an element of sexuality

2) an element of religion &

3) An element of mystery

Only one student scored full marks with this gem :

"Good God! I'm pregnant! I wonder who did it?"

Okay, its nine words .. but still ;-)

If quotes don't count I'm entering the above sentence. Assuming that last sentence doesn't count either!

Melusine
2006-Nov-26, 07:16 PM
The alien then proffered several golfballs.

pghnative
2006-Nov-26, 10:03 PM
Red light means go. Green, stop....and yellow light means go faster.

Mungascr
2006-Nov-27, 03:18 PM
...and yellow light means go faster.

Or green means go, red means get ready & yellow means take aim & rev hard! ;-)

Mungascr
2006-Nov-27, 03:26 PM
Had this one forwarded to me as a joke :

A college writing class were all set an assignment - they had to write a story using the least words possible but it had to include the three elements of sexuality, religion & mystery. Only one student scored full marks with this gem :

"Good God! I'm pregnant! I wonder who did it?"

Come to think of it, that could be made shorter :

"God! I'm pregnant! But who ...?"

Or even :

"God's pregnant!? Whaaa ...!?" ;-)

Now that's UNDER six words!

Melusine
2006-Nov-27, 08:35 PM
A boy. A fish. A fishtail.

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Nov-29, 12:28 AM
My library's grown. I've fallen behind.


The alien then proffered several golfballs.
Mel, interestingly enough, there is a company called Alien Golf. They make golf clubs but not golf balls.

Peter Wilson
2006-Nov-29, 06:29 PM
...Assuming that last sentence doesn't count either!
No sentence I've read can count.

Swift
2006-Nov-29, 10:43 PM
:question: :confused: :wall: :think: :doh: :cool:

(you might call it the story of research)

C18H27NO3
2006-Nov-30, 06:31 PM
Methinks you think too much. Wink.

C18H27NO3
2006-Nov-30, 06:32 PM
Methinks you wink too much. Nod.

C18H27NO3
2006-Nov-30, 06:33 PM
Methinks you nod too much. Smile.

pghnative
2006-Nov-30, 06:45 PM
By-god you nod too much. Smirk.

Swift
2006-Dec-01, 04:05 AM
Methinks C18H27NO3 writes a trilogy. Right?

Peter Wilson
2006-Dec-01, 06:33 PM
To bend the six-word rule.

pghnative
2006-Dec-01, 07:22 PM
Methinks C18H27NO3 writes a trilogy. Right?Three different types of hot peppers??

C18H27NO3
2006-Dec-01, 08:56 PM
Three cheers for hot peppers! Burn!

pghnative
2006-Dec-01, 09:20 PM
Methinks C18H27NO3 writes a trilogy. Right?heh -- I didn't notice that that was a user name, and couldn't figure out why you used the checmical formula for capsaicin as the subject of your story....

C18H27NO3
2006-Dec-02, 03:33 AM
What's in a name? Cosmic heat!

C18H27NO3
2006-Dec-02, 03:34 AM
BAUT feeds one hobby, capsaicin another...

Mellow
2006-Dec-04, 08:21 PM
Big fish, little fish, cardboard box!

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Dec-05, 06:21 PM
She awoke at dusk, very hungry.

C18H27NO3
2006-Dec-05, 08:27 PM
I came. You typed. I read.

I read. I laughed. I typed.

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Dec-13, 06:21 PM
Acromyn? Rhyming? Two Letters? Which Thread?

kushan
2006-Dec-13, 08:21 PM
Bloody hell, the bulldozer broke loose.

C18H27NO3
2006-Dec-13, 11:33 PM
That bulldozer got away again? Fetch.

mugaliens
2006-Dec-14, 07:14 AM
The engine revved; plane took off.

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Dec-24, 06:09 AM
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

One Day More
2007-Jan-10, 11:26 PM
Poor old Persia. Drop a tear.

Alexander the Great-defeated by death.

Lucky old Persia. Give a cheer.

Sarawak
2010-Jun-11, 07:51 AM
Brevity is a virtue, I think.

Paul Beardsley
2010-Jun-11, 01:31 PM
Accused murdered spammer. He was acquited.

Sarawak
2010-Jun-11, 01:42 PM
Message board goes down. Posters upset.