If you were allowed just 6 words for your life memoir, what would they be?? This is a true life reflection and one that defines the meaning of your life. When I saw this question and understood the constraints, I knew I had to share it with you. Below is the full background of the six words life memoir and I challenge you to develop one!
In November 2006, writer and editor Larry Smith issued a challenge to fans of his Web publication, SMITH Magazine. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s legendary shortest of short stories (“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn”), Smith asked his readers to describe their lives in six words. The Six-Word Memoir contest officially ended after a month, but the stories kept coming. Five years on, participants have contributed more than half a million mini-memoirs. Smith has published five compilations of the intensely personal accounts and continues his online quest to spark the creativity of aspiring writers. “There is inspiration everywhere,” he says. “Even if you don’t think you’re a storyteller, you are.”
Do you have one yet? You can share your Six-Word Memoir at smithmag.net.
For inspiration, check out the memoirs of O magazine readers (like us). There are some awesome memoirs…