Six word stories: where have they gone?
They were everywhere, but now they’re nowhere. Six word stories took the internet by storm, but nowadays we’re lucky to see the odd post reflecting on their brilliance.
What made them so popular? They were captivating. An entire story in one line; superb.
Wait … ‘an entire story in six words’ – that’s six words long! *Epiphany music plays* (Whatever epiphany music may be – suggestions welcome).
Anyway, they caught our attention and sent our imaginations wild with possibilities. You could read one hundred stories in minutes and suddenly feel inspired to do your own.
But here is where the problem lies. Where do they lead? They are, after all, an entire story. They are everything that needs to be said. Sure, they could turn into the plot for a book or short story, but that one line of brilliance is then lost.
So, I sat racking my brain trying to work out whether you could make six word children’s stories, and I tell you what, it’s hard.
The six word stories I came to love and admire were those that spelt disaster or left you feeling uneasy. They left us wanting to know more.
‘He gave me life, then left.’
How on earth would I make a six word children’s story that’s worth reading or as interesting as its predecessors?
Below are a few I came up with and yes, illustrations are now planned for some of these.
If these stories are being used for a guess the fairy-tale/story activity, several could be made up to give clues. Such as: ‘She never saw the wolf coming.’ ‘Don’t eat porridge that isn’t yours.’ ‘Her favourite tart was jam tart.’ ‘Look with your eyes, not hands.’ (Top marks if anyone guesses that one!)
Perhaps my favourite: ‘Little bear ate Goldilocks, then vanished.’ (Illustration pending).
A darker version that is definitely not child friendly: ‘Little bear killed Goldilocks, then himself.’
Why not scribble yours below?