A fun piece from Wired magazine: various well-known writers take up Hemingway’s challenge of writing a novel in only six words. Hemingway's magnum opus: "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn." He called it "the best thing he ever wrote."
It seems to me a very pleasant art form; as valid, say, as a haiku. The trick is to evoke a narrative, ideally an interesting narrative, without using more than six words. Extra points, I think, for natural-sounding diction.
Here are a few I’ve come up with:
A six word romance:
I came. I saw. She conquered.
The Bridge at San Luis Rey in six words:
The bridge broke. Five fell. Silence.
A murder mystery:
December snows: no corpse until spring.
A Hemingwayan novel:
We saw Niagara together. She jumped.
Slice of life: the story of every marriage:
Honeymoon: the lady, or the tiger?
Melodramas, the sort that become made-for-TV movies:
She aborted before the DNA results.
“Darling,” she whispered, “I have AIDS.”
A boy’s book in the grand old tradition:
“Lost. No water.” His last entry.
A psychological thriller:
I conquered Europe. Why this straightjacket?
An end-of-the-world sci-fi epic:
Stalemate? Checkmate. Bombs fell. Bloody hell.
Anyone else want to try?