Sunday, October 29, 2006

Wired 6 word short stories

Extreme Writing Exercise #1

Write a whole novel in just one sentence. A short story in just six words.

It's good for your brain and sparkling personality to try to craft special micro-content, highly condensed and self-explanatory statements, short, crisp, non-effusive, modest, constrained, exhibiting a supernaturally, mystically powerful degree of spartan self-discipline and stoic sublimation of libido.

Six Word Short Stories at Wired magazine.

Here are my favorites from the list (first one is more than 6 words, I know):


God said, 'Cancel Program GENESIS.' The universe ceased to exist.

- Arthur C. Clarke

Automobile warranty expires. So does engine.
- Stan Lee

Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
- Alan Moore

Epitaph: Foolish humans, never escaped Earth.

- Vernor Vinge

It cost too much, staying human.
- Bruce Sterling

Lie detector eyeglasses perfected: Civilization collapses.

- Richard Powers

Kirby had never eaten toes before.

- Kevin Smith

Rained, rained, rained, and never stopped.
- Howard Waldrop

To save humankind he died again.
- Ben Bova

We went solar; sun went nova.
- Ken MacLeod

- Harry Harrison

Epitaph: He shouldn't have fed it.

- Brian Herbert

Batman Sues Batsignal: Demands Trademark Royalties.
- Cory Doctorow

Heaven falls. Details at eleven.
- Robert Jordan

Bush told the truth. Hell froze.
- William Gibson

Help! Trapped in a text adventure!
- Marc Laidlaw

Thought I was right. I wasn't.
- Graeme Gibson

Dinosaurs return. Want their oil back.

- David Brin

Bang postponed. Not Big enough. Reboot.
- David Brin

We crossed the border; they killed us.

- Howard Waldrop

H-bombs dropped; we all died.
- Howard Waldrop

Finally, he had no more words.

- Gregory Maguire

There were only six words left.
- Gregory Maguire

In the beginning was the word.
- Gregory Maguire

Weeping, Bush misheard Cheney’s deathbed advice.
- Gregory Maguire

Corpse parts missing. Doctor buys yacht.
- Margaret Atwood

Starlet sex scandal. Giant squid involved.
- Margaret Atwood

He read his obituary with confusion.
- Steven Meretzky

Time traveler's thought: "What's the password?"
- Steven Meretzky

I win lottery. Sun goes nova.
- Steven Meretzky

Steve ignores editor's word limit and
- Steven Meretzky

Parallel universe. Bush, destitute, joins army.
- Steven Meretzky

Dorothy: "Fuck it, I'll stay here."
- Steven Meretzky


Here are my submissions to the 6 Word Short Story kreative writing challenge:

(1) Age reversal ray works, we meeeshiiioooojeeeemooooppygoooo...

(2) Aliens are in my mind and...

(3) $1,000,000,000 for you if you just...

(4) Remove my head and watch me...

(5) Money vanishes, wars and poverty ends.

(6) Don't stare into laser with remaining eye!

(7) Use remaining hand to grasp lever.

(8) We all will die in ten...

(9) Next morning, the world was gone.

(10) I awoke, I was not alive.

(11) I fly through soil, air swim.

(12) World got bored, life stopped living.

(13) Aliens found us, and ate us.

(14) We found aliens, ate them all.

(15) Never is forever when today stops.

(16) Smiled, world frowned, he's sad now.

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