‘I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.’ said Mark Twain.
Six-word stories were the inspiration for the workshop by Stranger Collective at our 2016 event.
Naturally, Stranger used Ernest Hemingway’s infamous six-word tale as an example:
‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’ – which he recognizes as his greatest masterpiece.
Short stories are arguably more relevant than ever, with a short attention span of our audience and limited character counts on social platforms – getting your message across succinctly is key.
The format has been used as a writers’ prompt for decades. I have found it a very powerful tool – it has really brought alive the power of words. Removing words instead of adding them to get my point across has made me a better writer.
A few brilliant examples, borrowed from the interweb:
• It’s fun, but it isn’t love.
• Only child, but never the favourite.
• Artist’s bane; fresh idea, empty pen.
I strongly believe that creativity is not a talent you’re born with, but one you can learn. A talent that can be used across any field of work and life in general – which is one of the motivations for organising this event – to encourage more creative thinking for people in all industries – creative or not.
Why not improve your (persuasive) writing by practicing your own short stories – and give us a tweet with your outcome – @younameit_event