Six Word Story

Legend says that Ernest Hemingway made a bet that he could make people cry with a six-word story. He won the bet with,

For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never worn.

Now, many people don’t believe that this is a true story, but it’s powerful nonetheless. Six words to tell an entire story.

Brevity is powerful. It’s why social media outlets such as Twitter have such a huge fan base. It’s why editors teach their writers to cut, cut, cut. If we are intentional with our few words, those words can wield great power.

After reading an article about six word stories, it made me think of how I would write my story. Off the top of my head I came up with:

Mom of Six. Tired. Happy.


Hands are full. Heart is fuller.

Clearly, I have some work to do. It’s fun to try, though. I searched around online and found some great six word stories. It’s amazing how powerful (or funny) six words can be.

Born a twin; Graduated only child.

Trying to concentrate. Ooh, a kitty!

Torched the haystack. Found the needle.

The smallest coffins are the heaviest.

Nine month wait. Left hospital alone.

Logged out. Pulled plug. Found life.

Lost in wilderness, he found himself.

Congratulations! Boy or Girl?” “…I’m overweight…”

365 Apples. My annual insurance policy.

“Sorry. Bad hair day. Love, Rapunzel”

Butterfly. Windscreen wipers. Half a butterfly.

Obituary column writer dies. Nobody notices.

Trapped in vinegar. What a pickle!

This got me thinking how this technique could be translated to a scrapbook page. Although I love journaling, there is also something powerful about trying to tell the story with just a few words. I was surprised when a few days later I came across a fairly recent layout I had done. I love that the title — just three words — told the whole story. It made me realize that it really can be done. Rake, Jump, Repeat.

I used my Any Which Way templates from the March Digi Files to create the photo collage.

I can’t wait to intentionally try this technique for my pages and see what happens. What about you? Could you tell a story in six words? How could you work it into a scrapbook page?