Saturday, 3 March 2012

My six-word memoir

Smith Magazine has inspired me to write a six-word memoir.  For those of you asking who? what?  It’s all explained at Smith Magazine’s website here.

Apparently Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write a six word story, and his response was:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

I’ll just let you ruminate on that for a little bit.  Using only six words, Hemingway is able to tell a story that gives me a lump in my throat and makes me want to squeeze Little Warrior tight.

 Smith Magazine resurrected the idea (waaaaaaay back in 2006) and put the challenge out to their readers.  It reads “One Life. Six Words. What’s Yours?”  They received enough entries to write a book (or ten).  You can see a list of the books here.

Some of my favourite entries include:

Why didn’t I see it coming?

What if the dots don’t connect?

Being moody makes me feel alive

It got me thinking and it inspired me to write one of my own.  Could I sum up my entire life in six words?  Could you?

Well, I tried and here’s mine:

Life is good.  It wasn’t always.

Give it a shot, and I would love to hear what your six-word memoir would be!


  1. Torn between two worlds, never content.
    Two people in one, constantly changing.


  2. Hind sight... Meh, it's overrated really.


Would love to hear what you think :)