The American novelist Ernest Hemingway was renowned for his verbal economy, short words and short sentences.
He was once, allegedly challenged to write a story in just six words and this is what he came up with; for sale baby shoes never worn.
A selection has now been published in a book called "Not Quite What I Was Planning".
The BBC World Service's weekly writing and literature programme, The Word, decided to issue the same challenge to its listeners and was inundated with entries.
Here are just a few of the many responses that came into the programme;
- Reporting death destruction suffering and survival, by Abdurrahman Warsameh, Somalia
- Future billionare to be interviewed on BBC, by Danielle Nelson, Kingston, Jamaica
- Keeping my knowledge in the stars, by Francisco de-Medeiros, Cotonou, Benin
- No partner, no pleasure no pain, by Peter Pliesovsky, Prague
- Caught in hell can't wait heaven, by Pascal, Nairobi, Kenya
- The solution to my problems suicide, by Tandong Michael Yde
- At sea ashore anchored at Antwerp, by Captain Robert Thake, Antwerp, Belgium
- Stormy past steady changes coming out,by Akintayo Ogunsanya, Lagos, Nigeria
- From an influential but selfish family, by Ishmael Bash-Kamara, Sierra Leone
- Early successes decades unemployed writing fiction, by Matthew Mweu, Kangundo, Kenya
- Blind lawyer knowing loss finds justice, by John Eagen, USA
- Still meet kind strangers thank god, by Bharat Khiani, Maharashtra, India
- Since eighty-five I'm lost in space, Meshach Williams in Liberia
- Now or forever still stuck help, by S L Ting, East Timor
- Woman so sad reason husband polygamous, by Binta, Sierra Leone
- Hard as I try can't resist cheating, by Paul Chandler, Brighton, England
- A loved child a blessed man, by Henry Colefield Jr, Kingston, Jamaica
- Born carnivorous atheist became herbivorous agnostic, by P.P. (aka strippy), Prague, CZ
- Born blind radio eyes see world, by Robert Flood, Texas, USA
- Squandered more chances than others get, by Hans Westin, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
- Alone love it and hate it, by Joe Goss, Boston, USA
- Sad childhood an optimist for life, by Ann Mallinson, New Zealand
- I should have but I didn't, by Dan Pendick, Milwaukee, USA
- Gave my all for my mother, by Olivene Thomas
- Drinking nearly killed me should have, by K Doolan, Chicago, USA
- Home becomes hell when papa drinks, by Karo Umukoro, Nigeria
- Schizophrenia 21 happily mad 44 drugs, by Graham Binns, Bradford, UK
- I never killed but shot before, by Perry Kafui, Accra, Ghana