Robert Hruzek has a great writing contest going on titled, Let’s Be Brief.
The goal is to write an entire story in 6 words. That’s it. 6 words.
I was very happy to see my own writing project was part of the inspiration for Robert to give it a go and flex his community-building muscles.
Robert’s asking that you post your 6-word story on your own blog or comment on his post. He’s lined up a couple judges to help pick winners.
In 2006 Wired magazine wrote a story on being brief, and asked some sci-fi writers to come up with their own 6-word masterpieces. Robert’s got some samples on his site, of which I quite like:
- “Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.” – Joss Whedon
- “Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.” – William Shatner
- “The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.” – Orson Scott Card
David Dale (a pseudonym) also enjoys being brief. On his blog Very Short Novels he writes 299-word novels. Go check it out.
And write your 6-word contest entry for Robert. It’s an entertaining, challenging idea.
Here are mine:
I learned. And the world shrank.
“Marry me, Susan.”