Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | February 7, 2008

Wasted my whole life getting comfortable

An online magazine in the USA and now the BBC are encouraging readers to write 6 word stories or autobiographies.

The title of this post is an example of one of these, written by Richard Merrington for the BBC site.

This is such a perfect challenge for those interested in story-telling and the Bardic arts!

Here’s the backstory as the BBC explains it:

In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway bet ten dollars that he could write a complete story in just six words. He wrote: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”  He won the bet.  

You can see readers’ efforts at ‘Smith’, the magazine site, and others on the BBC site.


  1. I try to grasp the meaning.

  2. Try looking at the examples on the other two websites. They are such fun (and I think worthwhile) because they condense, distill, a whole set of meanings and feelings into a short phrase.
    ‘Wasted my whole life getting comfortable’ is great I think because at one level it’s just humorous, but at another it is aphoristic – pointing to the way we tend to exert so much effort in sheltering ourselves from the immediacy of life.

  3. I think your right. This is my six word story :

    I try to grasp the meaning.

    But somehow I think you knew that 🙂

  4. What I sought made me seek

    Any use, d’you think?


  5. Still working on the distillation exercise!
    This is quite an interesting challenge, as the way we look at life really focuses on what words are appropriate. I read somewhere that it is important that we look at life as a game to be played and enjoyed; so my story todate seems to be:

    Learnt, played. Now earn to play

  6. Wondering if life ever makes sense.

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