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WRITER – Version 1
Ringmaster P.T. Ringling juggled bowling pins on his way toward the grandstand as the two-horned Unicorn loped off stage, the spotlight dimming with its exit.
“Ladies and chain smokers,” P.T. barked over the catcalls, dodging an errant tomato from the house and imagining the jeers were cheers. The big top was a sellout and P.T. knew the take depended on this next act.
“Cast your eyes on the curtain behind me and prepare to stare in awe…”
Drumbeats pounded, a curtain rose, and the spotlight illuminated a solitary figure behind a desk, dipping a pen in ink and scrawling across a notepad with flourishing strokes.
Drawn-in breath from the hushed crowd, Sunday quiet, as they gazed upon a relic they’d heard about on their handsponders but had never seen in person.
WRITER – Version 2
“What the hell,” John said, “I thought R&R meant rest and relaxation.”
“They want your next chapter tonight,” his agent said, “and it’s your own fault since yesterday’s installment had too much suspense – everyone wants a resolution.”
“But the resolution they want is for my protagonist to die.”
“Yeah, that might’ve been poor planning on your part.”
John shook his head, said, “That day-after pill better work as advertised or I’ll regret signing the contract to write an autobiography murder mystery.”
His agent smirked, “I still remember the day you said you’d kill for a bestseller.”
Okay, reader, you get to vote! Scroll down to the comments answer one question: which six-sentence story above best describes the writer of the future:
Writer 1: with a citizenry that refuses to read and visits the circus to see a freak writer, OR
Writer 2: with a fan base clamoring for immediate gratification of grand storytelling.
By the way, crafting six -sentence stories has been my pleasure during the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. It was inspired by Ernest Hemingway who created the six-word story (For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.). Each six-sentence story is about an occupation. Feel free to offer suggestions for the upcoming X-pisode. (that’s a lame mashup of episode and the letter X.) Thanks for stopping by.