Some time ago, I read a review of a book entitled, "Six Word Memoirs"; at least I think that was the title! I do remember the objective was that people from all walks of life submitted a "memoir" of their life or life's work or life's belief using only SIX WORDS. Legend has it that Hemingway was once asked to write a story using only six words. What he came up with was something like this: "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." Doesn't that just grab you and make you want to know MORE! I remember another one from the review: "Not quite what I was planning." Wow....
Being a lover of words, I was captivated by this thought. Many nights I have sat with a notebook and doodled, trying to sum up my life's passions in six words. I don't exactly know what is so special about six words, as opposed to 7 or 12, etc. But this was the book's premise and many people seemed to be doing so well at it.
I've come up with a few different ones; perchance I am too verbose for such a task. Here are just a couple of mine: "Earnest Godseeker; Offspring's Teacher; Secret Dreamer"; and "Unworthy by nature; Chosen anyway; BLESSED."
I'm thinking some of my readers could blow me away with this assignment! I would love to hear them. So, what about you? Can you write a SIX WORD MEMOIR?
Update: After posting this, I decided to refresh my memory a little as to the actual book; it had been awhile since I had read about it. So I did some searching. I learned something interesting: for one thing, the book's actual title was the memoir I already posted: "Not quite what I was planning." ; something else I noticed is that people will submit their deepest and most anguishing personal truths when it is published anonymously. For instance, two I found particularly painful: "I Am A Child Of Adultery." and "Wedding Bands Can Easily Come Off." In these situations, you can tell that a person truly has reduced their darkest inner pain to six words. Wow.