Isn’t that heartbreaking? In those six words, you have emotion, character and even plot, if you read between the lines.
I don’t remember what we were talking about in one of my spring classes, but someone referenced this, I quoted it, and our instructor delayed his planned writing activity and said “Let’s do it!”
We blanched. He gave us ten minutes. So, being dutiful students (and willing to try most any writing exercise), we bent heads and put pen to paper. Here are a few of the resulting stories:
Mine: “Blizzard. Heat, electricity vanish. Autumn baby.”
Cassandra Leonard: “I ate. I swam. I barfed.”
Kyle Keller: “After prom, cab fare for one.”
Prof. Keith Leonard (no relation to Cassandra): “He fell. I took a picture.”
Note my classmates: I didn’t think to write down names as we read them, and these were the ones I could match to the right people. So please refresh my memory and share yours in the comments!
When you ponder any one of these, you envision your own characters, but it’s easy to think about their stories. What went so wrong on prom night and what will he or she do after getting home? And what kind of person would stand by and watch while someone fell? And from where – a curb or a cliff? (Hey Keith, enquiring minds want to know!)
It’s not easy to come up with a complete story in six words, but it’s possible. Can you do it? Share one in the comments below!