Writing Prompts and Inspiration

Are you staring at the blank page or screen, unsure about where to begin? Have you hit a block in the middle of writing your story? As a writer, I know that feeling, and I’m always on the look out for writing prompts and inspiration. Imagine my delight when I discovered the wonderful website Six Word Stories, where entire short short stories are told in just six words. It’s a great place to jump start a story, to brainstorm or to invent your a back story.

The site was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s six word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn”, which is the original short short story. Hemingway’s colleagues bet him that he couldn’t write a complete story in just six words. They paid up. Hemingway is said to have considered it his best work.

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Six Word Stories invites everyone to contribute their own six word story. Some of my favourites are:

“Found true love. Married someone else.” ~ Dave Eggers

“We’re lying in bed. She’s lying.” ~ Seloc

“Unwanted boy grows into wanted man.” ~ Nate Christen

“Sharp new yellow pencil. Limitless potential.” ~ Melissa Wilson

“Rain. Two strangers. One umbrella. Love.” ~ Megha

“Left handed woman seeks Mr. Right.” ~ Amber

What are your favourites?

 

 

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