Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” He is believed to have called it his greatest literary work ever. Can you write a story in six words?
Uh, hello? Hemingway is, well, Hemingway. Also, I want to see some proof that the quote and story are actually attributable to Hemingway. Snopes.com is your friend, yo.
Anyway, all cynicism aside, I highly doubt I could accomplish such a feat. Hell, I can barely write a story in a hundred words, which is why I avoid drabble challenge communities like the plague. Even with the drabble request meme, I included a proviso that said, basically, "Fics may not be exactly 100 words long, because I suck at writing short stuff." Short and Liz do not mix, and it has been so ever since I started writing at age eleven. In eighth grade my English teacher complained, multiple times, about my producing ten- and eleven-page stories for weekly writing assignments that were supposed to be at most two or three pages. She finally threatened to dock marks if I didn't tone it down a little. So I did, and I was displeased with every subsequent assignment that I handed in. At least the teacher was happy, though.
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And now I've realized exactly how long this post is, to answer a simple little question. So, I shall desist, and go play with my new iPhone some more. Whee!