Alright, so people always ask me about these Six Word Stories. No, wait a minute. That’s a g0dd@mn lie. Nobody ever asks me about them. In fact, no one really asks me for much of anything except twenty bucks and a ride to White Castle.
So, in an uncharacteristic burst of honesty, let me rephrase that: Sometimes from the comments made in the SWS, I deduce that people want me to flesh out the tale. Now, I am happy to do that, if only to drive up the statistics on my comments. Which is apparently the t1ts for Search Engine Optimization. A blog with robust comments, many likes, and a healthy dialog is the kind of thing all those guys like Google and Bing love. And it gives me a chance to trade witty repartee with my adoring audience.
But this is why I like them…they make both the reader and the writer work. I, as the author, have to work in a hook in six short words, something to suck you in and make you care. You, as the reader, have to fill in a sh1tload of blanks to have the story make sense. Tone, backstory, content, what’s gonna happen next. And with so little details offered, the story is likely to vary considerably from reader to reader.
Done well, I am just lighting the fuse to a string of firecrackers, and each goes off in its own merry way. Done poorly, you shrug, say, “Meh…” and go over to see Nina Karadzic of In Noir Velvet and never come back again.*
There’s probably a lot of scholarly work to go with this, and the history of the Six Word Story as a prompt, but that’s just my take on it.
*You probably ought to go see her anyway. She has a lot of good SWS, plus 50 Word Stories. Tell her Finnegan sent you… https://inoirvelvet.com/
As for the history and scholarly work, you can google that yourself.