Just Six Words

by Erin

I was driving home from the library and listening to NPR. They were talking about the Zimmerman case (who isn’t?) and The Race Card Project. The project asked people to write about race using just six words. This is not the first time that I have encountered the “six-word” essay/story concept this year. My first exposure was through the The Baltimore Museum .  Looking into it, it seems there are a whole lot of “six words” projects and journals out there…just search and you will find.

As I am always looking for inspiration to fulfill my “be selfishly creative” resolution and as this six-word phenomenon keeps finding me, this seems like a good idea for a project. How can I create a combination of words, the right words, to express a moment in time?

So over the next few weeks, I will be attempting to write a six-word story about daily observations. As this is an easy and quick activity, anyone who would like to join me in the project (publically or privately) is welcome. You make your own rules about topic and frequency of writing, the only rule you have to follow is that it must be six words. Here are ways you can join in:

  • Keep your own journal of six word stories for you and you alone to enjoy
  • Tweet your stories and mark it with #sixwordstories
  • Update your Facebook status using only six words
  • Share your thread of stories here on the blog (if you are not already an author and would like to just participate in this project, comment on this post and I can set you up)

And where did this whole “six word” idea begin? There is a legend that someone bet Ernest Hemingway that he could not write a story using just six words. To which he replied, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” And now that you’re in the know, here’s an article about that legend.

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