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Here’s the place to share your 6-word stories, your 6-sentence stories, flash fiction, flash memoir and any other short pieces.

Some 6-word stories previously posted by readers:

My first time ever … that’s all?   –slacker-chick

birth..kindergarten..license..graduation….time flies!   –Sherri

Working on my screenplay:
Optomistic, engaged, frustrated. At the movies.

Working on reply:
Sadly, the writer could not spell.  –Kablooey

Related posts:

Getting Micro-Creative
Getting Micro-Creative, Part 2
Memo to My Muse

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21 Responses to “Tiny Packages”


  1. 1 stranglingmymuse August 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    STARTER ITEMS FOR SANDBOX CHALLENGE #1:

    Create metaphors for any of these words/phrases — or come up with your own.
    Read more about this challenge here.

    blowing curtains
    a diesel bus
    a mirror
    books on a shelf
    an unopened package
    the sun rising over a mountain
    shadows moving across the ceiling
    a light switch
    green beans
    blades of grass
    my hair
    an empty room
    a monarch butterfly
    a new father
    a tie-dyed t-shirt
    my feet
    a wedding dress
    an unmade bed
    a line of candles
    a bottle of aspirin
    an open book
    my hand
    a running dog
    a sandbox

  2. 6 K a b l o o e y August 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    The sharp, stinging hailstones of self-recrimination and doubt

  3. 8 K a b l o o e y August 18, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Fatigue swept over her like poured concrete. Its hot, heavy mass sank into her from the ground up. There were a few moments when she might have pulled free, but that time is well-past. She could not move if she wanted to, but… hey, this was a bright spot… she had no desire to do anything.

  4. 10 stranglingmymuse January 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    SANDBOX CHALLENGE #10: WRITE THE FIRST LINE OF YOUR MASTERPIECE:

    Write the first sentence of a story, novel, essay or memoir. Write something you think would entice readers to continue reading. Write several if you’d like.

    Extra credit: Write the last sentence of a story, novel, essay or memoir. Or write several.

    Extra extra credit: Write a pair (or pairs) of first and last lines that could be used for the same piece.

    Here are a few of mine:

    First Sentences:

    One day the Head Engineer changed his mind about the whole gravity thing. (from a published flash fiction story of mine)

    My clothes are trying to kill me.

    Claude had been reluctantly stealing women’s hearts since he’d turned 16, and now he owned a big collection of them, shoved into the coat closet in his front hall.

    If strangers could see the colors of our souls, they wouldn’t look at us as if they’d just found two pieces from separate jigsaw puzzles.

    Last Sentences:

    He’d always loved a good show. (from the same published story)

    Anger rises in me as I think of the ruined sneakers. I’d kept them white for so long.

    She lay next to him all night with her eyes on the ceiling, watching a spider making its long trek across the white expanse.

    And perhaps, just possibly, the coconut monkey has lost its spiky hair and can no longer puncture the tender fingers of the family’s children with its angry splinters.

    If you’d like, share your creations below.

    Read more about this exercise here.

  5. 11 Jenine July 2, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Everyone here looks just like ME!!

  6. 13 yVeTTe October 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    The books sat on the shelf unopened and gathering dust, bound by their own jackets from exploring the hundreds of worlds wandering by one glimpse’s length away.

  7. 15 Julee Celeste January 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    6 word story:

    Food from co-op. Too much!


  1. 1 Sandbox Challenge #1: A Camel is a Walking Sand Dune « Strangling My Muse Trackback on August 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm
  2. 2 Sandbox Challenge #10: Write the First Line of Your Masterpiece « Strangling My Muse Trackback on January 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm
  3. 3 Five Minute Creative Burst: Metaphor Exercise « Strangling My Muse Trackback on March 2, 2010 at 11:07 am
  4. 4 Only Have Five Minutes for Creativity? Try This Metaphor Exercise « Strangling My Muse Trackback on March 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm
  5. 5 Only Have Five Minutes for Creativity? Try This Metaphor Exercise « Strangling My Muse Trackback on January 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

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