Some tips and tricks for creating your own six-word story.
|Despite being short, these six-word stories are difficult to write. Here are some tips from Masterclass:
1. Have a basic story structure. This short story format should contain conflict—or rather, a teaser of a conflict conveyed with vivid words. It should also have a subject followed by a verb that gives it action and movement. Finally, a six-word story should have a feeling of resolution.
2. Have a small narrative arc. The key to writing your own six-word story is to take an original idea, filter out most of the words, and leave the most informative ones in, to tell a whole story. Learn more about narrative arcs in our guide here.
3. Entice the reader to fill in the blanks. In just six little words, you can create a powerful story that evokes emotions. Use what’s left on the cutting room floor to draw the reader in even further. In other words, part of your story will be in what’s left unsaid. Tease the audience with six words that let their mind fill in the blanks with the bigger narrative and give them a sense of a complete story.
4. Choose your words carefully. With only six slots to fill, you don’t have room to waste with weak word choice. Choose words that have purpose and meaning and drive your story forward. Shorten phrases with contractions to make room for nouns and verbs. Use punctuation marks, colons and em dashes, to join different phrases without having to use conjunctions.
5. Write your own story. Find inspiration in your own life and write a little memoir. Try thinking of a pivotal moment and boil it down to six words that carefully sum up your experience and convey your emotions.
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Here are some prime examples of six-word stories:
You almost convinced me I mattered. -Unknown
And suddenly, we were strangers again. -Unknown
He bottle-feeds his wife's killer. -Unknown
They can be any genre, on any subject. Just make sure you know what you're doing!