The second day of the 15 Day Blog Challenge asks:
Write [a few] six-word memoirs
What is a six-word memoir? Well, I wasn’t quite sure either, so I headed over to Life of Love’s response to this prompt to find out. There, courtesy of Colette at Caffeinated Convos, I discovered a simple explanation:
“Six word memoirs are exactly how it sounds: your life in six words. The history behind it is that Ernest Hemingway was asked to write a complete short story in as few words as possible. His response was, ‘For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.’ This then erupted into a way to tell sad, sweet, honest tales.”
For my six-word memoirs I’ve decided to write one for each of the different lives I’ve lived:
Childhood (1978-1990): Not a care in the world!
Teenage (1990-1999): Overweight and shy means consistently misjudged.
Backpacking (1999-2000): Bunks, Booze and Booty – oh my!
Twenty-something (2000-2007): Yay! Surreptitious bum squeezes reign supreme!
Breakdown (2007): There is no love. Only loss.
Homelessness (2007-2012): Soul destroying yet occasionally – surprisingly – inspirational.
Present Day (2012-Present): Lost: hope. Please contact if found.
And one that encompasses my entire life:
- Six-Word Memoirs: Not Quite What I Was Planning (amandadawnroberson.wordpress.com)
- Six Word Memoir (changingcoursenow.wordpress.com)
- Six Word Memoirs (madaboutyoulady.wordpress.com)
- Six-Word Memoirs Are For All (eleventhstack.wordpress.com)
- The evocative world of the six-word memoir: A Q&A with new TED ebook author Larry Smith (ted.com)