Six Minute Story -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘hey, I haven’t a clue what that’s supposed to mean!’

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)


Today I am reminded of the wisdom of writing warm-up words for this Post. I am reminded because I did not write a warm-up Six Sentence Story post yesterday, the way I always do. Nothing in particular, the day got away from me…. (‘hmmm. ‘the day got away from me’  ya think?…. nah‘)

In any event, this is zoe’s Six Sentence Story ‘hop.

New Readers?  A word is given, this week the word is; ‘Share’. We are then invited to write a story involving that word, composed of six sentences. No more. No less. Come and join the ‘fun’.


“Ok, I think this might actually work,” typing, you wonder why you’re narrating your own actions.

You pull your fingers away from the keyboard, not a great distance, less than an inch, just enough to reduce the chance of words accidentally getting on the screen, your skill with this POV being as limited as a toddler’s first attempt to pour dry cereal into a bowl.

“Four more sentences to go,” you feel the cautious optimism of a patient when the dentist reaches up and tilts the light away, “surely the readers feel they’ve gotten their money’s worth and you can end this Six.”

“How do you suggest we do that,’ your stomach sinks at the realization that you not only have no surprise ending, but you’ve gone and employed a plural personal pronoun. With the cold flash of a naked-in-public nightmare washing over your face, you realize you haven’t a clue of the effect a plural personal pronoun would have on a second person POV narrative.

Looking at the time, I noticed I was late, so I walked to the bedroom doorway and said, “Clark! did you happen to remember to include the prompt word?”





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Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. UP says:

    Sometimes getting to six is just as difficult as keeping it at six!!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      you’d laugh at how many times I count the sentences.

      • zoe says:

        What do you mean? I have to count every time SEVERAL times!!!

        • Me too, and sometimes I still discover that I have five or seven when I’m done and need to edit! You would think it shouldn’t be that challenging! :-)

          • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

            I don’t mind, unless I end up with way too many, like 8 or 9 sentences I find that a more difficult adjustment that too few

        • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

          on your fingers? no, seriously, I count on my fingers ’cause I’m so paranoid that I’ll miscount (I’m actually no very good at counting, not knowing the numbers, but paying attention and not forgetting where I was on the last sentence. ‘4…5… 5? are you sure? 1…2.. lol

  2. Maz says:

    I felt for you and am glad you “shared”…

  3. This was great, the struggle is real for all of us! I love to write in third person, many people find it a little weird when I do that. :-) With a serial story, the struggle is how to say something in six sentences that will carry the story along, especially because there has to be some introductory info provided for each tale, such as what I’ve done today.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      this week Six (of your’s) was exception in that it did not only move the story along, but with the ending, it amped up the Reader’s investment/engagement

  4. Just J says:

    After reading this I had to note that I do indeed often lift my fingers from the keyboard when I am pondering my next sentence, as if our fingers will go off on a rant of their own if we don’t!

  5. luckyjc007 says:

    It’s often hard getting six sentences, but if I start with a couple, I find it easier to get to six, but then I often times need seven! Then, it’s back to the drawing board! :)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      thats I why I so try to have something written, the plain white page can be stultifying

  6. oldegg says:

    I suppose story telling is basically lying. If you are not good lying it is much more difficult even to write just a few sentences so I revert to dreaming and make it wishful thinking instead.

  7. messymimi says:

    This one has me smiling!

  8. Kristi says:

    Very nice! I think you speak for many (if not all) writers. It also reminds me of the movie, Stranger than Fiction.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      I’ve never seen it, but have heard about it. Probably should rent it this weekend.

  9. Thanks for the grin!

    My Silly Six Sentences!

  10. I love meta-fiction! Your work always provokes thoughts, chuckles and sometimes both.

  11. Sageleaf says:

    Just like a clark to put their own twist and take on a perfectly “normal” prompt. :D HAHA.

  12. Pat B says:

    Well, at least you got your SSS written. I’m not sure what that says about me who couldn’t even come up with a story for “share.” HaHa I’d better start now on with the clue for this week.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      fun about that, the coming up with the story part… since I look at this as learning/practice, very often I’ll simply set out to try to accomplish something, such as this week I thought, ‘lets try out 2nd person POV and see what happens…