If you’re new to this, see my post about Hemingway’s theory on six words. I’m challenging myself again. This week’s entry for a story in six words:
Divorce: Twenty years, three kids. Done.
Is all this punctuation kind of cheating? It’s really tough to limit myself to six words. But, it does help cut the fat.
I wonder how the stories readers create in their minds, based on a six-word story, compares to the writer’s intent for the six-word story? It seems like it would practically be a 1:1 ratio of different stories. Come to think of it, I don’t know that I even have a complete story in my head with these six words. They’re more of a starting place if anything. Maybe that’s one purpose for the exercise.
In closing, here’s another example from an accomplished writer, Margaret Atwood:
Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
I’ll follow Ms. Atwood’s lead. Punctuation isn’t cheating.