Distilling It Down – Six Word Memoirs

This is such a clever idea.

So I’m cheating. I saw a post about this on the wordpress homepage, so credit where credit is due:  Entertainment Weekly: Tell us your six word memoirs!

You do however need to trace back a bit further to know where this starts. Smith Magazine , devoted to the art of storytelling, started the six word memoir project, recruiting really interesting personalities to contribute. The results have been compiled into several themed books. There is now a podcast, and the magazine invites readers to submit their own six word stories. Much to my delight, you can even create t-shirts with your favorite succinct life stories (or design your own).

But, Smith Magazine borrows from a concept originating further back. According to the original post:  “The six-word memoir is said to be rooted in a bet between Ernest Hemingway and a friend — supposedly, the author claimed he could write a short story in just six words. (He won with “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”)”

Check out the great promo for their newest book : “It All Changed In An Instant”

I like their other previews including the six word memoirs for teens:

So leave your own six word mark somewhere. I have a feeling like mine right now is something like “Many Fish, Rest Still in Progress…”


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