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!