Write your memoir in only six words

Write your memoir in only six words

“Each of us is a book waiting to be written…” Thomas M. Cirignano

I came across the idea of six-word memoirs from SMITH Magazine and fell in love with it. Writing using only six words gets to the heart of the matter and provides a powerful tool to spark the imagination or start conversations.

The idea of the six-word memoir was based on the famous Hemmingway challenge. You may have heard of it. Hemmingway was once challenged in a bar bet that he couldn’t write a story in just six words. The story he wrote: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Here are a few of the memoirs from Not Quite What I Was Planning by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser:

  • “I still make coffee for two.” Zak Nelson
  • “Followed white rabbit. Became black sheep.” Gabrielle Maconi
  • “Still lost on road less travelled.” Joe Quesada
  • “Never really finished anything, except cake.” Carletta Perkins

So why not give it a go? Write your own memoir in just six words. Post it on our Facebook page.

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