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Wednesday, April 9

Six Word Memoirs

I came across this book, "Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure" by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser and thought it was a great idea.

The author said the idea came from Hemingway when he proved that an entire story can be told using only 6 words: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn." The memoirs range from funny, inspiring, and sad. Here are a few: "Found true love, married someone else." sounds like Wuthering Heights. "Followed white rabbit; became black sheep." A few famous ones: Stephen Colbert ~ "Well, I thought it was funny." Mario Batali ~ "Brought it to a boil, often."

Isn't this a great way to capture your feelings at different times in your life? So come up with your own six word memoir and share it or at least write it down for yourself! I had a hard time thinking of mine, but I think this will do for now: "Increasing in age, decreasing in maturity."

If you want hear more, check out the beginning of this youtube video. It shows different six word memoirs.

14 comments:

Rachel said...

Holy crap! I didn't know there was going to be a fourth book! I've gotten get reading the next two. I'm excited now!

John said...

Here's mine..."Life is good, buy a jeep"

Nick said...

"Wife won't cook, let's eat out"

I hope that "won't" counts as one word.

Jessie said...

This was hard and I am not good at these but I came up with two that pretty much sums up my life.

"Quit my job, still always tired"
"I need to take a nap"

Jessie said...

Got another one
"Life is good, buy a Mazda"

Angie said...

Zoom, zoom, zoom . . .

Angie said...

Oh, really great memoirs guys! So funny, good job! I thought of one in reference to Rachel's comment: "Counting the days till Breaking Dawn!"

that's what she said...

I have some more.

John bowls like a little girl

or

John wants to wear pink shoes

or

John wets bed, he wears depends

or

I can stop when you comment

Jessie said...

Man...that is ANOTHER GOOD ONE,
Why didn't I think of that one for Breaking Dawn...darn :)

Jessie said...

Love your new blog...

John said...

Here are a couple for Nick.

Nick just ate, got any beano?

or

Nick's got a big ol' head!!!

or

Nick loves musicals, he's so gay. (happy)

Spencer, Jenny, and James said...

I know I'm late on this, but I just read it and I had to give it a shot. I couldn't stop at one, so I wrote 10:

1. Just six words? Let me think…

2. Gangsta turned family man… for life.

3. Traveled far. Hung hat. I’m home.

4. Hardcore adrenaline junkie, married; now soft.

5. Grabbed life by horns, let go.

6. School, family, job… check, check, check.

7. Waking up is hard to do.

8. Nice, clean cut, friendly… but really?

9. Never said never, probably should have.

10. Just two words: keep it real.

Spencer, Jenny, and James said...

If I had to chose just one, it would be number 3.

Angie said...

Those were some great ones. Thanks for sharing!