Six Words

I know we talked about words yesterday but can we please talk about them again today? I heard a story on NPR a couple of weeks ago and it intrigued me. It was about the Six Word Memoir Project and I have become quite fascinated with it. I know the legend of Hemingway’s famous six word sentence – his, of course, is brilliant even if he didn’t actually write it –  but I hadn’t realized people were actually writing their own six word sentences.

The challenge originally was to write your life story in a six word sentence but that has evolved into different themes of life, love, happiness, family and more. There are games and t-shirts and calendars all surrounding this topic. There are also photo caption contests which I think are really cool and I’m thinking some of those may start showing up here on the blog.  I feel like I’m truly late to the party on this one, but still, I have written a six word sentence. Since today is the 15th anniversary of my mom’s death as well as my half birthday it seems like a good time to share it with all of you. Wanna see?

I changed my story for good. 

Now it’s your turn. What’s your six word story?

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Comments

  1. says

    I love the whole Six Words concept! (And I always get goosebumps over the “Hemingway” six word sentence. His or not.) Your sentence is perfect. Absolutely perfect! Thinking of you, especially, today.

    As for my six words? Went to The Edge. Stepped away.

  2. says

    I’ve never heard of this and just read Hemingways words. Pretty powerful stuff. I’ll be thinking hard about this over the next few days. Thanks Carole.

  3. Mary K. in Rockport says

    This will take some thought. Meanwhile, I’m knitting socks using your pattern, my favorite.

  4. Catie says

    My daughter’s seventh grade English class did this earlier in the year. I need some thinking time as well, so I’ll share hers:

    “Say I can’t, then I can.”

  5. Linda says

    I think your sentence is perfect. You made so many good changes this past year. Thanks to you I looked up couch to 5k. Still thinking about it though.

  6. Geri says

    I love your six words. Thinking of you this day. I’ll need to reflect more on my 6 words.

  7. jill says

    I tried. Really Carole, I did. Interestingly the only attempt I liked was five words and echos Margene’s: Forward it the only direction. I guess I didn’t try hard enough. So a day late and a word short, there you have it.

  8. says

    I love your six word story (and wish I could hug you in person for the great story YOU are!)…but I haven’t ever thought to write my own that way. maybe I should!