You never know what chance meeting will ignite a new passion. Take my recent encounter at a writer’s workshop. I met Beth Carter, a published six-word memoirist, and purchased a book on the subject from SMITH Magazine.
Hmmm…sum up your life in just six words. That sounds impossible, but is a surprising brain game and exercise in putting life in perspective. It’s like hip haiku. Can’t fit your whole experience into 6 words? Try a season, or an event, or a single memory, or even one fleeting emotional moment.
Here are a few from my submissions at the SMITH Magazine website, where anyone can post their 6-word memoirs in a variety of categories: Happiness, Work, Love, Family, Life, even Food.
- Help Wanted: Intelligent Need Not Apply.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Can’t Find Strength.
- I never heard my mother swear.
- Half-empty? Half-full? Need a smaller glass.
- If anyone asks, it was me.
- Different man. Different bruises. Same stupid.
- Stroke at 35. Who am I?
- Last child becomes an early orphan.
- 7 eggs, 4 chicks. Wrong again.
- My kids are funnier than I.
- He failed at everything but me.
- No one was surprised except me.
- Controversial? Only if it’s not you.
- Born here. Homesick for anywhere else.
And how about a few just for Fall…
- Heaven in a toasted marshmallow – Campfires.
Leaves fall with promises to return.
Sweaters and Swimsuits trade winter accommodations.
Try your hand at a few of these addictive brain benders, then share below in the comment box. What’s your memoir?
- Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine (smithmag.net)
- Work, In Six Words (npr.org)
- Six Word Memoirs (memoriesofink.wordpress.com)