Six Word Memoirs
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?
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
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...
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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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
What is your choice for the caption on this cartoon?
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.
Little Link List for Short-Story Language Lovers
- SIX-WORD MEMOIRS FROM THE "OLDE COUNTRY"
The Brits have always been known for their biting wit and yes, they can do it six words.
- EVERYONE HAS A SIX-WORD STORY...WHAT'S YOURS?
Smith Magazine - the creators of six-word memoirs - features the very best from all of us.
- YOGA FOLKS APPRECIATE SWEET SERENITY
For those who spend a good deal of their life "on the mat", here's a six-word diary of a yoga practitioner.
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
For those who like their love stories short and sweet!
Will entertain those afflicted with "Six-Word Syndrome"!
For those who adore the nifty nano-memoir niche.
A short slice of life in the words of the younger generation.
For those who like six word memoirs in the company of other!