Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What can you say in just six words?

According to a legend, Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a novel in only six words.  His response was:  For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.

The Los Angeles Times online magazine, SMITH, invited the world to e-mail their true-life, six-word memoirs. They posted examples from names they figured most readers would know, such as Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert (“Me see world! Me write stories.”) and celebrity chef Mario Batali (He sent seven, each enlightening, but none as pitch-perfect as “Brought it to boil, often.”)

More than 15,000 submissions later, SMITH editors are struck by what proves possible in only six words.  The short, short life stories keep coming in. Read/submit your memoirs at smithmag.net if you’d like to see it online.

Now your challenge is to create your own six-word memoir.  Post yours here.

For additional reading, check out www.npr.com and search topics for 6-Word Memoirs.


  1. Love Jesus. Family first. Grow, create.

    Wow. That was hard! But it was fun too! Thanks for the challenge! Fun stuff. :)

  2. First of all, I want to thank all of you in the Brandon Christian Writers for a great retreat weekend and may the Lord continue to bless all of you in your efforts to impact the world through the medium of the written word!

    I just posted my first chapter of my book on laurambentz.blogspot.com for any to read. I will only do a chapter at a time.