A short short is an extreme version of the short defined in many ways.
1. A moment rendered in its wink of immediacy. – Iving Howe, 2. The opening or closing of a window, a moment of insight. – William Perden, 3. Must leave the reader anxious in a particularly satisfying way. – Russell Banks.
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The short short can be three words or a hundred. It’s a particularly effective tool to teach structure for both children and adults. Following are a few examples of three word stories.
Corpse parts missing. Doctor buys yacht. Margaret Atwood
He read his obituary with confusion. Steven Meretzky
Steve ignores editor’s word limit and Steven Meretzky
Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and is said to have called it his best work.