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Fiction in SixFiction in Six came about as a result of spacedlaw's kindly pointing out this Wired article on six-word fiction. Chris and I have had a lot of fun writing them on our own; we thought a community devoted to it might be a nifty idea.

Writing a story in six words isn't as easy as it sounds; it isn't simply a matter of writing a clever six-word sentence. The limited word-space forces a writer to think hard about what a story is. A story involves character, narrative tension, theme, and event; something happens, and there is some sort of resolution. Not an easy task in only six words, but not impossible. The thing to remember about the six-word story is that what the words imply is as important as what they say.

That said, it's just a bit of fun. There's no real right or wrong in any of this-- our purpose is to play with the form. Experiment! Fool around! Knock yourself out!

Fiction in Six Guidelines
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The problem with glass

The bottle wrecked, our message lost.

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(or, "The Coming-of-Age Tale That Terrifies Every Middle Class Parent in America")

Choose:

Doctor.
Lawyer
Salesman.

(penciled-in) Visionary.

Scene on the way home today

Fresh puddles dot the back lane.
Bicycle tires splash water and mud.
Gap-toothed grin spreads on child's face.

Mother can't bring herself to scold,
smiling inwardly at the dripping mess,
remembering her own carefree childhood days.

Write a six word squared poem!

Post-apocalyptic love letter

Me zombie...
you zombie...
eh? eh?
Something (someone?) is lurking nearby. "Boo !"

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Reflexion on talk shows...

Tell your story - Win a life !

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Lilac blossoms awaken forgotten childhood memories.

Fiction in fifty...

My wife and I had an interesting conversation last weekend, which resulted in a bit of word play on this community's name. I had wondered aloud if porn could be fit into six words, and spouted off a few attempts.

Then, I knew the community's proper name: Friction In Six.

Fifty words challenge

Once upon a time, I had this brilliant idea.
It was so shiny that I had to turn my back on it: I couldn’t bear the brightness.
By the time I’d found sunglasses, the idea had burst, under too much heat pressure.
And was born again.
Once upon a time…

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About Us

Welcome to Fiction in Six, a community for short-short fiction of six words in length. Feel free to post your six-word stories here, as well as your thoughts and comments about the writing life, craft, or other people's submissions. Be sure to read the guidelines on our user info page before you start.

Come on, now. Just six words. Don't cheat. (Unless you cheat well.)

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