The most famous short story is Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story, For Sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

A few examples of sad short stories are:

  • Combat boots unlaced forever.
  • Population zero, plus us.
  • We’re out of chocolate.
  • The phone never rang.
  • Meanwhile she moved on.

Here are lots more examples of sad stories.

Try writing a happy story in four words.

How about a four-word horror story? Here are a few prompts:

  • The email didn’t deliver.
  • I didn’t hit save.
  • Rain in the forecast.

Think of your own four-word horror story and share it with us.


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