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Six words to change the world

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The six-word novel meme has been around for a good long time. Every now and then, to clear my head, I give myself six minutes or so to come up with as many six-word novels as I can. It’s a fun, easy, low-pressure way to get started writing for the day. Here’s what I came up with the last time I tried (according to my notepad, I took a whopping 11 minutes):

Got hit. Got famous. Got revenge.

All I learned didn’t help me.

Made four promises. Kept only three.

Mother, wife, daughter, mistress, second wife.

I think I saw Mom’s killer.

Dog person and cat person disagree.

He knew the secret and told.

He did too much and paid.

Enjoyed the view. The view changed.

Hated the whale. Whale hated him.

He wanted to show his father.

“I don’t have enough.” He did.

It had to come out somehow.

Telling him stories kept her alive.

He wanted to tell her everything.

She kissed him. It didn’t help.

If only my much-longer novel-in-progress was anywhere near as worthwhile as a couple of these…

Written by guterman

August 14, 2008 at 9:24 am

Posted in novel, writing

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  1. Write your own six-word novel in the comments, if you’re so inclined.


    August 14, 2008 at 10:58 am

  2. I wanted to, but I couldn’t.


    August 14, 2008 at 11:02 am

  3. Family, heat, air travel… anticipatory anxiety.

    Also: http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/


    August 14, 2008 at 11:03 am

  4. I wasn’t myself today, nor yesterday.


    August 14, 2008 at 1:32 pm

  5. So, what’s the six-word meme for your novel?


    August 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm

  6. He couldn’t go back. Good thing.


    August 14, 2008 at 2:17 pm

  7. Biophysics poet observed: hippopotamus, antihippopotamus, annihilation.


    August 14, 2008 at 3:37 pm

  8. You can’t go home again. Yay!


    August 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm

  9. Hey, chillyrodent, that’s really good.


    August 19, 2008 at 8:56 am

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