Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Starting in 2006, SMITH Magazine re-ignited the recountre by asking our readers for their own six-word memoirs. They sent in short life stories in droves, from the bittersweet (“Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends”) and poignant (“I still make coffee for two”) to the inspirational (“Business school? Bah! Pop music? Hurrah”) and hilarious (“I like big butts, can’t lie”).
This semester in my Contemporary Memoir class we were asked to write a Six Word Memoir every week to share with the class. They could be about anything and everything and I thoroughly enjoyed it as an exercise. These were the ones I presented to the class each week:
1/27 Started bad, then met nice guy.
2/3 It's okay for time in between.
2/10 Motivated but on the wrong things.
2/17 Time for something completely brand new.
2/24 I hope I never stop looking.
3/3 I wish the DVD player worked.
3/10 Ticket to Australia appears too expensive.
3/17 Boys, booze, weed, work: Spring Break.
3/24 Wake me up when June's here.
3/31 I always wind up in Pennsylvania.
4/7 Wanted: a ring without loaded meaning.
4/14 I pray he keeps his word.
Some others that I've written this semester include:
Is happiness just an unreachable illusion?
The nice guy isn't always nice.
Seeking man to dote on me.
Cute when I need to be.
I keep writing them as they come to me; lemme know what you think. You should probably try writing your own as well :P