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Six Word Memoirs

Updated on January 9, 2013

Welcome to Six Word Memoirs

This light-hearted lens is devoted to a witty, whimsical and wonderful way to tell a story in six words.

It is not surprising in a world enured with the KISS principle (to meet the needs of those with the attention span of a gnat), that six word memoirs and six word short stories should become so popular.

Anyone seeking their fifteen minutes of fame should forget about trying to say it in twenty-five words or less. The bar is now set higher. Get real -- if you can't say it in six, maybe it isn't worth saying!

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WHAT IS A SIX-WORD MEMOIR?

It is a particular form of story with only six words from beginning to end (not including punctuation marks).

Thousands of memoirs are written every year, and a good many of them are weighty tomes with well over 40,000 words to wade through.

In It All Changed In An Instant: Writers (Both Famous and Not) are challenged to write their own six-word memoirs. The results range from funny to poignant. Authors Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser have spawned an entire movement devoted to creating short memoirs that inspire and entertain.

In fact, coming up with Six-Word Memoirs is a great ice-breaker game to play at a dull dinner party or a dead-beat day at the office. Who says creating and reading these little gems won't be fun and provide relief to fidgety fingers or a frazzled mind for that matter?

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Left your heart in San Francisco? Is your head in the clouds? Feet firmly planted on the ground? Well, how would you describe your life in six words?

MY LIFE STORY IN SIX BONS MOTS

The San Franciso Chronicle ran a contest inviting people to submit six-word memoirs on the topic: ANYTHING ELSE, IT JUST HAS TO TELL YOUR STORY, with the best of the bunch reprinted below:

Lonely child, wild girl, independent woman.

San Francisco rescued me from LA.

Under the bridge, above the law.

Dressing uncomfortably always makes you ugly.

Never too late for second childhood.

European immigrant mother's last, best offspring.

Turning left, I almost made it.

One life, one love, many memories.

There is no butter in hell.

The library is where I watch.

So, since San Francisco has laid down the gauntlet, what would your contribution to this titillating treasury of tight tomes be?

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NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING...

In a world full of unexpected surprises, who knows what will come out of left field when you're not looking.

A recent six-word memoir contest sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle selected the following wit-minded winners in the category of "Disorders & Disabilities":

ADHD: six words feels like forever.

Only left footed socks. What happened?

Always have my eyes on him.

Set of instructions are not enough.

My Tourette's should only scare me.

Not quite what I was planning

I told you I was sick.

Decided to be happy anyway.

Holy moly. Of course I can.

I don't understand what you're asking.

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Image Credit: "San Francisco Chronicle", www.sfgate.com

Okay, so how would you describe, in six words, things that might scare the pants off you?

SIX WORD STORIES that may tickle your funnybone or leave you scratching your head.

A SILLY SIX WORD STORY

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A Lady of Letters and Easy Virtue writes about her encounters with merry men.

Here are some rather fine examples of six-word memoirs that might have been written by a Lady of Letters and Easy Virtue at the end of the 18th century.

1. He broke his shin climbing bedposts.

2. Carpet Knight: A gay fluttering coxcomb.

3. You'll catch a cold in that.

4. That rogue's got nerve and money.

5. He adores Cornish hens and hugs.

6. Listen, I don't do sweating tubs!

7. What horse did you fall off?

8. Your conny wabbles don't fool me.

9. Pudding-faced paramours aren't my thing.

10. His cod piece looked rather ridiculous.

A SEAGULL'S SIX-WORD MEMOIR

If a seagull had to write a story about himself, perhaps this is what he might say:

1. Who says seagulls aren't well educated?

2. I'm proud of my party-pooping abilities.

3. Gulls don't make great house pets.

4. Moi, Garbage Collector of the Universe?

5. Scored 10/10 on the scavenger hunt!

6. Gulls and geese make great guano.

7. Seagulls do not drink like fish!

8. No, Jonathan Seagull doesn't live here!

9. Look, seagulls are not dodo birds!

10. Utah's State Bird - the California Seagull.

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On the third day of Christmas...? - Get a grip ... three French Hens?

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"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking."

-- Jerry Seinfeld --

THE VERY SHORT STORY SHELF

Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure
Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure

For those who like their love stories short and sweet!

 
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure

A short slice of life in the words of the younger generation.

 
6 Word Memoirs Family Card Game
6 Word Memoirs Family Card Game

For those who like six word memoirs in the company of other!

 

WHAT'S YOUR SIX WORD MEMOIR? - Time to create a micro-fiction manuscript

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      anonymous 

      3 years ago

      With these broken wings I fly

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      tiger 

      4 years ago

      Head in clouds, feet tied down.

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      pat-jocius-5 

      4 years ago

      Researching Teaching Serving God Family World

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      the best is yet to come

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      Ursel001 

      5 years ago

      Learn to love and go green;-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      these are 2 cute

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Born,raised, and living my life.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      The right one is out there

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Do not ever underestimate my power.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Not very creative

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I should stop second guessing myself.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      soccer is the best sport ever

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      British and kicking, living life well.

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      TravelingRae 

      7 years ago

      Found my place in an RV.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      crazy girl whistling at those boys.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      well done, well ate, great leftovers!

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