(Boy, I think I rewrote that headline five or six times to get proper grammar as well as the correct number of words in that headline. Stay in school, kids!)
The inspiration? Hemingway’s favorite short story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” So Wired asked tons of writers — including some of the best and the brightest comics storytellers — to give their spin on the six-word story. Here are three of my favorites, from comics and sci-fi luminaries:
Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.
- William Shatner
Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
- Alan Moore
With bloody hands, I say good-bye.
- Frank Miller
Considering brevity is a virtue for comics — one description has been writing “newspaper headlines in poetry” — it’s a fun read. For all you writers and artists (aspiring or not) in the house, what would be your favorite six-word story? Let us hear it!