Once I attempted a six word story challenge. It was dismal. So this week when Adam Ickes posted his Six on the Sixth Prompt I was simultaneously inspired and chicken shit.
Seriously! After reading Hemingway’s example “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” how can one possibly create a six word story? Those are huge shoes to fill. At least that was the paralyzing chatter in my head. The ability to convey a world in a literary grain of sand feels like discovering the holy grail of communication. I knew the only way through my fear was over it.
Adam provided word prompts to choose from: Love, Evil, Dinner, Animals, Circus and Grunge. Pick one word as the theme and write he said. Right………Right?……WRITE!
So in the end I decided to scribble personal ads for circus performers- a combo love/circus theme. Here goes nothing:
Under the Big Top
Trapezist looking for a soft landing.
Clown hopes you’ll honk his horn.
Tightrope walker craves partner for balance.
Bearded Lady seeks razor sharp wit.
Human Canonball yearns for straight shooter.
Fire-eater wants mate to ignite spark.