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November challenge: Write a story in six words

We all know that November isĀ National Novel Writing Month. But if you’re gearing up for lots of late nights and frenzied typing sessions, don’t panic – the six-word story challenge is for you.

It was the late American author, Ernest Hemingway, who started the trend for writing a story in six words. He once won a bet by crafting a story in less than 10 words: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” Short, sharp – yet tinged with grief and brilliant poignancy.

Getting bogged down in lots of words is a familiar feeling for many writers. And of course, on the other end of the spectrum, so is that vacuous fog that sometimes numbs our minds when we are faced with – horror of horrors – a blank sheet of white paper.

If either of the above applies to you, the six-word story challenge is a brilliant way to help you refocus your mind and sharpen your writing skills. And the beauty of it is that it’s oh-so-simple.

So, without further ado, here’s the challenge:

Let your creative juices flow, your imagination run riot – and write your life story in six words (no more – and no less).

Stories should be emailed to by 23 November, with your personal details included – name, age and where you’re from. No attachments, please.

All the best!

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