Six Word Saturday 7

Last week I tried my hand at some Science Fiction six word stories, and explored some of the idea of how to get the story across. In particular, about answering some of the fundamental questions, the 5 W’s – Who, What, Where, When, and Why. So I thought for this week I would try my hand at doing the same for Fantasy.

Except, Fantasy seems harder! To really seem like a Fantasy, I was trying to figure out working in Elves, or Dwarves, or something. However, while this might answer the “Who” question, it doesn’t necessarily provide direct relationship or meaning if you talk about two of them. As opposed to last week, where “two lovers” says a lot, saying “the Elves and Dwarves” takes a lot more words and accomplishes far less.

So I went back to basics, tapping into some fundamentals on Fantasy, or at least of Fairy Tales. The classic ending, above, or how about the classic beginning, below…

It doesn’t end up saying much, though. Some great stories have been built on, for instance, taking apart the idea of “happily ever after.” But in six words, that’s harder to do! And what two words can you add, after “Once upon a time,” which tell a story all on their own?

I’m still thinking my way through this one, so let me know your thoughts on telling a Fantasy story in short order!


Six Word Saturday 6


This week, I was trying to think of an epic Science Fiction story to tell in six words. What do you think?

In trying to think of how to tell a complete story, beyond just my idea before of the beginning, middle, and end, I thought back to the 5 W’s:

  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • Why

You can add How if you like. But then, if you do add How, you have six questions to answer in six words. So I guess in part my question is: did I do it?

For instance, with “two lovers,” there’s two words that describe not only Who, but is a defined relationship, which gives you some of the What and Why. Meanwhile, “the multiverse” gives you the Where and, in some ways, a nebulous When as well. And with “infinite combinations,” I try to answer (while also leaving open) some answers to What, Why, and How. Kind of? It’s six words.

I thought I would use this setup for a different one as well:


Similar construction, very different story!

Next week, I’d like to try some of the same thing with Fantasy.

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