Elaine over at Blog In My Eye found this intriguing exercise. Describe your life in exactly six words. The idea comes from the book Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure which sprang from this story.
Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Last year, 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”).
We’re not nearly on par with Hemingway around here but I made an attempt all the same.
*Jumped off barn roof. Bloody nose.
*Took best friend’s guy. So sorry.
*Crashed car while naming seven dwarfs.
*Almost married the wrong person. Oops.
*4 credits from graduating. Left college.
*Found true love. Growing a family.
Then I realized the task required not a series of six word thoughts but only six words. Hmm, my life in half a dozen….
I don’t know if you’re supposed to tag anyone for this but I would be interested to see what Leslie would come up with because, being the Queen of Haiku and all, she knows how to say more with less.
And if you feel so inclined, please play along. You could even go here and submit your entry.
Who know’s you might get published.