September Six-word Story Challenge Prompts (2017)

The September Six-Word Story Challenge prompts are ready for your creative touches! Add some zest to your daily routine with these simple stories. You can use them for hand lettering practice, as a warm-up exercise for creative writing, or do them just for fun. Either way, it’s a challenge. Trust me, six word stories are harder than they sound. You ready?

Take the September six-word story challenge. Great for hand lettering practice and creative journaling.

Take the September six-word story challenge. Great for hand lettering practice and creative journaling.

September Six-word Story Challenge Prompts (2017) #PFSixWordChallenge |

The kids are back in school, which means I have a lot more time for journaling. It was a CRAZY busy summer, but now that things are quieting down, I’m so excited to dive into this month’s 6-word stories (#PFSixWordChallenge)! Follow along with the prompts in your journal, or share your stories on Instagram (you might even get featured in my feed)!

I first learned about 6-word stories in one of my nonfiction classes in grad school. Needless to say, I feel in love with them immediately. For starters, they are approachable. I know so many talented people who are intimidated by writing because they think it takes SO. MUCH. TIME. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can scribble a 6-word story without changing your daily plans. Heck, you can scratch them on a napkin or in the margins of you class notes.

You choose what to do with your 6-word stories. You can use them for hand lettering practice, add doodles, or turn them into larger stories. Totally up to you.

Not sure where to start? See the exampes of 6-word poems in the January 2017 Challenge post.

If you think a 6-word limit sounds easy, think again! You won’t have to waste a whole day on the computer, but it’s tough to squeeze a full story arc from only six words. The fun is in the attempt.

Here are a few of mine to get you started:

  • Breaking news: Martian president threatens blockade.
  • Light the lamp. Redcoats are coming.
  • Bride: “Is that my sister’s perfume?”

Ready for bigger writing projects? Take a peek inside my writing journal for inspiration.

Take the September six-word story challenge. Great for hand lettering practice and creative journaling.

How to Play…

Six words. That’s all you get. Experiment and have fun with it!

  • Write whatever sparks in your mind. You are free to use the prompt words in your story, but it’s not required.
  • You can continue with the 6-word stories (non-rhyming) if you like.
  • If you’re feeling extra creative, try your hand at six-word poems (rhyming) on odd days. Six-word poems are new to the challenge this year, but they’ve added a whole new layer of complexity.  Micro-poetry is definitely outside my comfort zone, but it’s a great way to flex your creative muscles.

Where to Post

  • Most of the six-word story challenge takes place on Instagram. For the best chance of being featured, tag your posts with the challenge hashtags.
    • #PFSixWordChallenge
    • #PFSixWordPoems
  • Feel free to tag me (@PageFlutter ), so I can give your awesome story a shoutout!
    • Not on Instagram? No worries; just play along on my Facebook page.
  • Subscribe to my newsletter to get my latest posts and challenge prompts delivered to your inbox!

Printable Challenge Sheet: SEPTEMBER

Repost my challenge graphic in your Instagram feed for easy reference, then save the FREE printable PDF (A5 size) and paste it into your journal.

September 2017 Prompts Printable_PDF

**CLICK IMAGE TO PRINT**Take the September six-word story challenge. Great for hand lettering practice and creative journaling.

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Remember: It’s not about having the “best” 6-word story. It’s about inspiration, so have fun & take creative risks!

If you need a little help getting started, check out my 6-Word Story board on Pinterest. For those of you looking to turn your six-word stories into larger projects, follow my boards devoted to the craft of writing. Happy journaling!

Follow Page Flutter | Megan’s board WRITING | Six-Word Stories on Pinterest.

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Megan Rutell
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Megan Rutell is the blogger behind Page Flutter. She's also a writer, stationery lover, Air Force veteran, and homesick Colorado girl.