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Baby shoes for sale. Never worn.

“Baby shoes for sale. Never worn.”  Hemingway wrote this six-word tale that has become the ultimate short, short-story.  The reader can fill in the blanks. I wonder how many variations of a theme these few words have inspired.

Grant FaulknerGrant Faulkner honed his skills to write short, 100-word essays and writes in the August 2015 issue of The Writer magazine:

“A flash writer has to paint characters in deft brushstrokes, with the keenest of images in such limited space. Shorts require immediacy; they’re a flicker of light in the darkness, a prick, a thunderclap . . . Paring down my writing and focusing on what goes unsaid and unexplained help me build suspense.”

Faulkner says, about Hemingway’s six-word story, “The story moves by implication– the empty space around those few words invite the reader to fill them, transforming the reader into a co-author.”

If this type of writing appeals to you, start writing now. Faulkner’s 100 word story will accept submissions after September 15. Hone your short story skills now and be ready to submit.

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2 comments

  1. justinefos

    For Wayne:
    There is no joy
    like that of a
    nine year old boy

    Riding along beside
    me
    Chatting of this and
    that

    Throwing rocks into
    the river
    As if intending to
    change the
    river’s
    course

    The delight in showing
    his mom
    The daring places
    he can ride his
    new bike
    Down steep paths
    Saying – look — I’m
    not afraid
    How about you?

    I pray you will always
    want to share
    Your adventures with
    me — I Love You

    On The American River Bike Trail
    Rancho Cordova, CA
    1-23-83

    How Quickly 30+ years have flown

    You still live your life unafraid

    And you continue to share your adventures
    with your Mom

    I am no longer afraid to watch you soar!

    © M. Justine Foster
    August 11, 2015

    1. mcullen Post author

      Lovely, Justine. Enjoy the time travel back and to the present. And oh-so true. Thanks for posting. 🙂

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