Posted by Elizabeth Langston Dec 28 2016, 12:30 am
My baby girl is home from college for Christmas break. Our typical mother-daughter bonding involves the family room, laptops, web-surfing, and utter silence. Today, though, she broke the chain by sharing some 6-word stories that she’d found online.
- I left. Dog panicked. Furniture shopping.
- Our bedroom. Two voices. I knock.
- Rain. Two strangers. One umbrella. Love.
- Nothing to declare. Much to remember.
- He hides knife, then rings doorbell.
- Late. Speeding. Pulled over. Really late.
It’s amazing how much emotion these tiny stories can invoke, how well the mind can fill in the blanks. They can be sweet, scary, sad, funny, and poignant–all from six words.
As authors, we often find ourselves trying to distill our books into a sentence or two. Whether it’s for a tagline, a pitch to an editor, or a high concept that centers us as we draft, we can all use the ability to capture a story’s essence into a short phrase. I’d love to say that I’m good at it, but I’m not. So I asked my daughter if she could help me describe some of my YA novels as 6-word stories. Here’s what she came up with:
- Two lovers. Two centuries. Too much.
- She struggles. He arrives. Wish granted.
- She’s white. He’s Asian. Cue conflict.
Can you capture your work-in-progress in 6 words?
Want to practice by describing a popular novel in a half-dozen words? (“Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion. Oh my!”)
Leave a tiny-tale in the comments for us to enjoy or guess!
Elizabeth Langston writes YA magical realism romance– time-travel (Whisper Falls) and genies (I Wish). Writing as Julia Day, Elizabeth’s newest release is a modern Pride&Prejudice, The Possibility of Somewhere . Elizabeth is enjoying her Christmas break, loves having her baby girl home for the holidays, and will also love it when DD2 returns to college.