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    One word Short Stories?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by skeloboy_97, Aug 21, 2011.

    Hi.

    I remember, quite some time ago, i was involved in a short story contest, and the word limit was 1-1000. Why would you have a one word short story and what could it possibly tell the reader.?
     
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    I don't know why you would write a one word story but here we go...

    End

    Seems simple enough to me but stupid. More power to anyone that can do this but why waste your time with the one when you could just say max 1000 words anyways. It should be self explanatory that no story is going to be one word so why include the one.
     
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    Sounds like an arbitrary limit rather than a suggestion that they expect one word stories. I'm sure you've read Hemingway's (too-)often cited six word short story, so there's no doubt that powerful narratives can be delivered in very economical ways, but I can't imagine a one word story being possible, yet alone entertaining or enlightening.
     
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    the only way one could possibly write a 1-word story would be like this:

    Story.
     
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    The Hemingway challenge of a six word short story is more than sufficiently restrictive. Having seen what most writers come up with for that makes me confident that we will never see a one-word story of any value.

    The closest I could come up with would be the very telling "story":

    Me.

    Because there is probably some real truth in that for at least some writers.
     
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    My contribution:

    Help!
     
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    To paraphrase Captain Darling:
    ' As I made my way over, I made an entry in my journal. It read:

    Bugger.'

    Provided the title is: The final journal entry of an obnoxious, feckless, desk-bound soldier who is at last obliged to swap his pen for a rifle, on or around the occasion of the Third Battle of the Ypres, which, miraculously, renders him a sympathetic figure...

    that works very well indeed.
     
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    Shoving the rest of the story into the title is hardly a one-word story, though. That's like sneaking additional content into the title of a haiku. Except more so.
     
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    Eloquence, right there. I'm a god-damned genius.

    Then again, I like writing words. One just isn't enough.
     
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    My one word short story would read as follows:

    Cliffhanger!

    Which would segue nicely into the middle book in the trilogy:

    Defeated.

    Ending with the final book:

    Victorious.
     
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    Very true. Very true. I now - oh too late! - realise that a forty-odd word title
    providing a context for my one word, is not quite playing the game.:)

    Incidentally, to pay some dues, that barely remembered quotation is from the final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth...which is, probably, the finest twenty-seven minutes in British TV comedy.
     
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    a great competition entry would read
    "winner"
     
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    That is a very good question. It must have been an error. Keep us updated.

    thanks!
     
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    Hi,

    Slightly off topic but I recall hearing about a final year philosophy exam a long time ago on metaphysics and existentialism. The question, in fact the only question on the paper was "Why?"

    One student managed a pass by using a two word answer - "Why not?"

    It may be an old wives tale, I don't know, But I liked it.

    And my one word short story - "Shiiiit!..." It has a nice ring to it.

    Cheers, Greg.
     
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    Because that's how we roll in the Shire
     
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    Hi,

    Damn - there's only one thing I can say to this - shiiiit!!!

    Cheers, Greg.
     
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    Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyl...[189,819 letters]...isoleucine

    Non technical:
    Floccinaucinihilipilification

    More poetic:
    Honorificabilitudinitatibus

    Take that!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_word_in_English
     
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    Because... it's fun?

    Lock the thread if you don't like it!!

    My one-word story:

    :D
     
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    Serendipity...
     
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    Throwbacks.
     
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    These are not stories. And this is what I was concerned this thread would become, an idle pissing contest. The Hemingway Six Word Story thread in Writing Prompts (formerly Word Games) is bad enough, with most of the posters throwing up the first six words that come to mind and not even trying to develop an actual story.

    Let's get serious. Even Hemingway's own six word story, as well constructed as it is, is pretty thin as stories go. It's a fine exercise in writing concisely, but that's it. A single word story lacks even that much value. A single word story is simply preposterous.
     
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    "Preposterous"?

    That's a one-word novel!!!:D
     
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    I don't think any of the above posters really believe in a "one-word story", or really consider their "random" or "non-random" words as real stories... If you look again, the original poster referred, with some irony methinks, to a clumsy formulation of the "word limit" in a story contest. Frankly, I've stumbled upon an even more idiotic formulation on a publisher's website, where the word count for a short story is given as "0 - 8,000 words"... It looked good in the table, I guess... But c'mon! A "zero-word story"???
     
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