Manic Monday - Snap

Posted: Monday, April 09, 2007 by Travis Cody in

Welcome to yet another Manic Monday with Mo. Today's theme is Snap. Don't forget to check with Morgen at It's A Blog Eat Blog World.

Earlier in the week I got a chance to participate in a neat writing exercise. The idea was to develop six word stories. I came up with three that I posted on Saturday.

I thought that this format would be fun to combine with today's Manic Monday word. So here I present my six letter Snap stories.

"Not while I'm working," he snapped.

She sees them together and snaps.

Metal caskets arrive.
Troops snap to.

Snapping, his fist connected.
She fled.

Rope swings.
Creaking wood.
Branch snaps.

Blooming snapdragons.
Heart-broken, he turns away.

Big lead.
Snap throw.
Picked off.

Blind date.
Snap appraisal.
Hooked up.

Tires screech.
A scream.
Neck snaps.


  1. Looks like you have a natural talent for six words stories... :) they're cool

  1. Janna says:

    Wow, the last one is very powerful. Excellent. Wow.

    I cringed when I read the one about "His fist connected, She fled..." Yikes. It's good writing, in the sense that it effectively conjures up a very uncomfortable image. (And probably some bad memories for people who've endured domestic abuse).

    You are, as always, an effective wordsmith.
    Good job.

  1. I'll tell you what I told Mo: Snap out of it! (teehee!)

    Come by and see my MM post - I think you'll like it.

  1. Gattina says:

    Thanks, was a good exercise to improve my vocabulary !

  1. JohnH985 says:

    Very good short (really short) stories. I haven't come up with anything for snap yet, but I still have time.

  1. Lizza says:

    Good ones, Trav! My favorites here are:

    Rope swings.
    Creaking wood.
    Branch snaps.


    Tires screech.
    A scream.
    Neck snaps.

    The imagery is spooky, but fascinating.

  1. This six word story thing rocks.

    See I can do it too!

    Crap, I did it two times.

    Well hell, I did it Thrice.

    Crap, Just where do I end?

    I had better stop here now.

    Later Y'all

  1. Bond says:

    Nice way to combine two exercises...Excellent.

  1. Bond says:

    Nice way to combine two exercises...Excellent.

  1. Mags says:

    Great job on the 6 word stories Trav!

  1. Jamie says:

    two memes
    at one time

  1. Turnbaby says:

    My favorite from a writer's perspective is "his fist connected she fled" --excellent writing jmust for the reason it made Janna cringe. Very evocative.

    My favorite from a reader's perspective is the last one--there are so many reasons for 'neck snaps'---lots of story there

    So glad you are having this much fun with this.

    Thanks for the help


  1. lisa says:

    my favs?
    rope swing
    blind date

  1. Matt-Man says:

    He snapped his finger.
    She laughed.


  1. Morgen says:

    You do have a great talent for these mini-stories!
    How funny is it that you & I both came up with several six word stories in relation to snap?!?!

    Two snaps up!

  1. Comedy + says:

    Great job Travis. You have a way with words that's really snappy!

  1. Danielle says:

    My favorite...
    Blooming snapdragons.
    Heart-broken, he turns away.
    These six word stories are so addictive for us writers.
    Happy MM
    Be well and enjoy the day

  1. debalious says:

    wow who knew six words could create such strong visual imagery

  1. Great excercise. You know your good when you can make a few words, paint a total picture.

  1. Good stuff! Sorry I've been a stranger but I've been a bit obsessed with the new PC. Or should I say I've been busy in PHOENIX?

  1. Anndi says:

    caskets.. troops.. strikes a chord with me today..

  1. Travis says:

    Terra: They are fun, but it's also tough trying to make the words tell complete stories.

    Janna: I really enjoyed this exercise, because it reinforces the lesson of economy with language. You really can get your point across with fewer words.

    Songbird: But it's fun!! Oh, alright...maybe.

    Gattina: Glad you stopped by!

    John: Thanks.

    Lizza: Spooky and slightly morbid.

    Meloncutter: LOL! Thanks for cruising by.

  1. Travis says:

    V: Thanks dude.

    Mags: I just can't seem to stop myself.

    Jamie: Efficiency and economy!

    Turn: I think the more exercises I can do, the more chance I have to grow and correct some problems with some of my current longer work.

    Lisa: It's fun and addictive, isn't it?

    Matt: Hey meat man! How's the colon?

    Mo: Hilarious! My biggest problem was stopping!

  1. Travis says:

    Comedy: Snappy - heehee!

    Danielle: Very addictive, and I think I conquered the urge to turn them into poems.

    Deb: I know.

    Robinson: I hope I rose to the challenge.

    Jeff: LOL. Phoenix! Has it exploded yet?

    Ann: Did the same with me too yesterday.

  1. Claire says:

    That was a right good read!

  1. Turnbaby says:

    So much fun to share this with you my writing buddy--
    as always Thanks

  1. Metal caskets arrive.
    Troops snap to.

    My favorite!
    Great job, Trav!

  1. julie says: create such vivid images in so few words is such a talent.

    Great post Travis!

  1. These are really neat! No, I won't carry on the theme but they're catchy, for sure.

  1. TopChamp says:

    the last one made me shudder.

  1. Natalie says:

    great six word stories! I liked the one about snapdragons. I know, I'm a day late.

  1. Travis says:

    Claire: Glad you enjoyed it.

    Turn: Smooch!

    CWM: Thanks!

    Julie: Awwww shucks.

    Gracie: C'mon! Give it a try!

    TC: That one is chilling.

    Natalie: Glad you could make it over!