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  • Madeline Walz

Day 9: One of your characters has been mistaken for somebody else. Write what happens next.

I wasn't sure what to do for this one that wasn't, "Oh, look, it's a famous person. Wait, no it's not." That seemed like an obvious mistaken-identity thing. Instead of writing a full scene, I decided to challenge myself and try a six-word story. This is exactly what it sounds like: a story in just six words. The most famous one is Ernest Hemmingway's story that goes, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

I managed to come up with four. They're not as good as Hemmingway's baby shoes, but the last one is my favorite!

Cover photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash


“Hey, Professor, I – oh, wait. Sorry.”


“Father Bob, wait!”

“No, I’m Jacob.”


“Hi, Uncle Leroy.”

“Wrong number, kid.”


“I’m gonna… oh, hell. Hi, officer.”

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