Six Word Story

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    Definition of Six Word Stories:

    A type of Flash Fiction, six word stories are (very) short stories with an exact word count: six words. Alongside quality, quantity really does matter. Though these stories are so brief in length, they can be as profound, if not more, than the prose and poetry you see and read every day, partly because six word stories can tell us so much and yet contain so little.

    A Six Word Story Should:
    +Tell a story: the story does not necessarily need to have a beginning, middle and end. There should be a storyline/plot element in the story which allows freedom of imagination. Time is a vital element in a story. Stories do not need to make sense, although there should be an understanding as to what the writer is trying to portray.
    +Include a verb: the verb indicates action. With no action, there is no story, only statement. The story CAN be told without a verb if the description makes it evident that some action is about to occur or has occurred. Another way of portraying action implicitly is in dialogue.
    +Involve progression or change: either this change, or its consequences, should be expressed in a way that gives the reader an implied beginning (and, potentially, an end).
    +Evoke emotions or feelings; this mostly applies to conceptual six word stories describing a setting or mood, for example. As these are simpler to create, stories with this concept should be evocative, generally by drawing upon a familiar image.
    +Provide a structure: stories should introduce a platform on which the reader builds a plot with characters and conflicts. The six words alone can rarely provide a plot, characters, and conflict with any degree of eloquency. This does not mean that the story itself needs a plot with characters, but that it should provide a structure for the audience.
    +Engage the audience: the audience should want to know what has happened, what is happening or what will be happening next. Allowing the audience to imagine the scene will achieve this.

    A Six Word Story Should Not:
    +Be quotes/heavy referencing/content of movies, books, cliches, etc. It should not be 'clever' phrases/generic statements/sayings about life, the universe, and other things besides.
    +"But life will always go on" is not a story. It might be the final line of a book you're working on, but it doesn't tell us what your book is about. It could be the ending to any book.
    +Be generic and unoriginal. To be specific may be a good thing here. As stated by SilverInkblot: Concrete stories of day to day life can be just as impressive as grand sweeping statements.
    +Involve a few words and a few symbols tossed in too.

    The Challenge:
    What I want from you isn't to just write a six word story, but to write ten chapters of six word chapters in one story. There will be one story per author, where it will contain ten chapters, and each chapter will be made off six words only.

    The Rounds:
    The rounds will be all given out now, one round is one chapter. You can change the order of the rounds as long as your story contains them all. Your chapter can be inspired by the word of the round or contain it, whatever you prefer.

    01. gun
    02. hurt
    03. sell
    04. flowers
    05. play
    06. sing
    07. sun
    08. water
    09. tear
    10. life

    NOW THAT YOU KNOW WHAT THIS CONTEST IS ABOUT, ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE?

    Rules:
    ❤ Please follow Mibba’s Story Guidelines.
    ❤ Be careful with grammar and spelling.
    ❤ Any rating is fine.
    ❤ Any type is accepted.
    ❤ Any sort of pairing is fine: slash, femmeslash, hetero, etc.
    ❤ No pre-writes, though it would be tough to fit them here.
    ❤ Please link this contest in your author's note.
    ❤ If you need to drop out of the contest, please do inform me.
    ❤ If you change your name, please let me know.

    Participants:
    01. bellus caedes + Mallory's Turn
    02. chasingdaisies; + Songs of Death
    03. sheepcat; + Cherry Blossoms
    04. shelbyvengeance + Soul Keeper
    05. BringMeTheFuentes + The Everlasting Depression
    06. la melancolique + Paracusia
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    Deadline:
    August 29, 2015

    Bye-bye sweethearts! ❤
    -Maria.
    November 27th, 2014 at 02:02am
  • CaesarSalad

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    I like the idea behind this and am totally for it, buuuuuttttt you should probably change the deadline to "deadline to enter". Just a suggestion tho. :)
    December 27th, 2014 at 04:38am
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    @ Jerry Only
    I thought no one would want to enter, but you're in. Deadline changed.
    January 1st, 2015 at 04:57am
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    @ XXXataktoulaXXX
    Hopefully some others enter soon. :3
    January 2nd, 2015 at 04:39am
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    @ Jerry Only
    For what's worth, I'll be waiting. Cute
    January 2nd, 2015 at 01:17pm
  • poorsadpoofy

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    I want to give this a shot. I have a question, tho. So each chapter has to relate to each other, or can they be stand alones? Like, one 'six word story' chapter is about one thing and then the next chapter is about something unrelated, or did you want it to flow together like any story would?
    January 6th, 2015 at 11:24pm
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    Challenge accepted! Cute
    January 7th, 2015 at 05:00am
  • INACTIVExx

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    i'm totally in dude
    January 7th, 2015 at 09:03am
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    @ El Deano
    It has to flow together like a story.

    @ sheepcat;
    @ bellus caedes

    You are all in. Thank you very much for entering. Cute
    January 8th, 2015 at 05:14am
  • chasingdaisies;

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    I'd really like to give this a shot.
    January 8th, 2015 at 06:44am
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    Alright, cool. I'll get started soon and send you the layout.
    January 8th, 2015 at 07:14pm
  • INACTIVExx

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    here's my submission, sorry it kind of sucks i havent written anything in like over a year lol Mallory's Turn
    January 10th, 2015 at 07:25am
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    @ chasingdaisies;
    Thank you for joining, dear. Cute

    @ El Deano
    I can't wait!!!

    @ bellus caedes
    Wow, you are a quick one. Thank you so much for submitting so early. Arms
    January 11th, 2015 at 07:12am
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    Here is my entry.
    Question: If I mention death, does that go with life? If not, I need to edit chapter 10.
    January 11th, 2015 at 10:48pm
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    @ chasingdaisies;
    It depends. Thanks for submitting so early.
    January 12th, 2015 at 03:10am
  • shelbyvengeance

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    I want to try this. :)
    January 13th, 2015 at 12:45pm
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    May I join please? :3
    January 13th, 2015 at 09:57pm
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    @ BringMeTheFuentes
    Of course sweetheart.

    @ shelbyvengeance
    You're in.
    January 13th, 2015 at 11:58pm
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    here you go story. Hopefully this works.
    January 14th, 2015 at 12:39am
  • poorsadpoofy

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    I'm so terribly sorry, but I have to drop out. Sad
    January 14th, 2015 at 11:17pm