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According to Ego Dialogues, a young Ernest Hemingway bet his friends that he could write a complete story in just six words. After betting ten dollars each, Hemingway wrote his story on a napkin, passed it around, and won the bet.  Here is what he wrote:

For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

I had seen “six word” contests on Twitter, but didn’t know the Hemingway backstory. You can find many attempted six word stories on either www.sixwordstories.net or twitter.com/sixwordstories.

The beauty of Hemingway’s story is that it’s actually a story. I found it very difficult to come up with something similar. Judging by the submissions on the linked sites, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to write a short sentence (rather than a story), and ending up with either a caption, or a declaration.  One of my favorites, by Craftisto, is:

Paramedics finished her text, “…love you.”

And here is my effort. What it lacks in poignancy it makes up with timeliness:

Racist rant. Outcast. No way home.

(OP 5/13/2014)

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