Zip Lit — A Story in Ten Words

It is reputed that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words:

For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

You have to admit, those six words have a lot of punch. Just for fun, I came up with my own zip lit:

Caught in our sheets, a lovely silver earring. Not mine.

I would love to read others. If you’re game, please add your own ten words or less in the comments. Have fun!

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12 thoughts on “Zip Lit — A Story in Ten Words

    • Ann, you can prefer my writing to Hemingway’s anytime! Thank you. I’ve never been a fan of his, other than his memoir A Moveable Feast. Granted, he’s an accomplished stylist…if you like that style.

  1. Jean,
    Thought I’d give it a try….here goes…”My mother’s laugh, smell, and touch…have faded forever”!!

  2. I love this idea of a story in less than ten words. It really helps to sharpen writing skills to get a whole idea across in one line or two. Does take a great deal of thought. I’m making this my task for this week. Thanks for the startup, Jean.

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