The Six-Word Memoir

Yesterday, I was listening to KQED while I worked, and Forum was doing a show on “the six-word memoir.” Have you heard of this? Basically, it is exactly what it sounds like: memoirs in six words. Smith Magazine collects them on a special part of their website and has compiled a book of them “from writers both famous and obscure.”

I had heard of this before, but it was so fun to hear people calling into the show with their six-word memoirs. Six words is such an approachable thing—you need not even be a writer to write six words. These memoirs kind of feel like haikus—they’re so brief, economical, and can be incredibly poignant because you have to be so choosy with such few words.

I would like to spend some more time thinking about mine—there are just so many possibilities that I find it hard to choose my six words, but here are some I came up with:

I found it really hard to give an accurate memoir—instead, I find mine verging more on statements of how I want to live. Although, the first one, I’m definitely in the “try try” stage, trying to get into the “be be” way of living.

What is your six-word memoir? Share them here! I can’t wait to read them! Check out the links above for inspiration!


6 Responses to “The Six-Word Memoir”

  1. 1 artproject2010 January 14, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Man, that’s a tough one! Okay, let me take a crack at it… actually this is hard. Hmm.

    Fighting the fear Painting the hope

  2. 2 Mike McLaren January 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

    This is a fun idea. I copied it into my electronic journal, and write it in the one I carry around.

    On time to be right here.

  3. 3 Kerri January 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Maybe – Remember to have faith, not fear.

  4. 4 Michelle | When I Grow Up Coach January 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I did this forever ago ( but still think my memoirs hold true:

    “I’m always reaching for the stars.”

    “Passion, love and friendship over all.”

    “Always following my ever changing bliss.”

  5. 5 bluebicicletta January 20, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Ooh, I love these guys! It’s amazing how I identify so closely with all of them—reminds me we are all in this together!

  6. 6 rachel awes January 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    oooooh! i love this idea!

    connect joy dots and follow them.


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