Six Word Stories
Okay, so the story above is a bit depressing, but Hemingway gets your attention from the get go, doesn’t he? In college I had to take a creative writing class that required us to write six word short stories. It’s harder than it sounds. Basically, you want a story that makes the reader wanting more. Well, isn’t that the case for any story? I have a hard time writing a beginning sentence for my stories. When I was in the sixth grade I was told by my English teacher that we should try to entice the reader from the first sentence. This can be a very difficult task. You don’t want to seem cliche, or fake with your first line. It has to pertain to what the story is about, but it needs to be exciting. It’s a lot of pressure for a few words that are strung together. Usually when I write a story, it’s not particularly “exciting”. What I mean by that is, it’s not an action or adventure story. There isn’t a serial killer on the loose or a car chase scene, it’s mainly about love or growing up. So writing a provocative first line can be rather trying.
Writing the perfect first sentence in a story can keep me from writing the story at all. It’s sad, but true. I wonder how often other writers become frustrated and stop writing because they can’t get their stories “right”, because I’m definitely one of them. This problem can be translated into anything really. How often do you not ask someone out because you’re worried about what they might think about you or you’re worried you chose the wrong outfit that day? Or how many people don’t ask for that raise at work because they’re worried that their boss will say no? I’ve been afraid to do both of these things, but hey that’s rejection. Rejection can come in many forms and we’re all afraid of it. I’m still afraid to send my stories into publishing! It’s crazy how the fear of rejection can make us terrified of the silliest things.
So what I’m trying to say is, don’t be afraid of rejection. When I was rejected at age 19 by the guy I liked, I learned more about myself and how I wanted to be. I try really hard to overcome the little things that scare me on an everyday basis. Oh, and my six word short story in college was: Beautiful boy, ugly girl, much tequila. However, if I did my six word story today it would be: I’m the girl who ran away. For some awesome six word stories, click here.
What would be your six word story?