Thursday, February 4, 2010

Think it. Write it. Get out.

Six-Word Memoirs

Trying to come up with a half dozen words that say something about your life is a great exercise for aspiring writers.
Smith Magazine, founded in 2006, asks people to submit stories to a Web site called Six-Word Memoirs. The Web site says:
Everyone has a story. Can you tell yours in six words? Submit yours to be considered for SMITH's next six-word memoir book. The first book, Not Quite What I Was Planning, is a NYT bestseller featuring more than 800 writers, famous and obscure..

Our newest book, Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, is a roller-coaster ride through the complexities of the human heart. It's just $10 — bring it instead of a bottle of wine to your next party.
I asked some of my students to write their own Six-Word Memoirs and submit them to the Web site. They came up with some winners, including:

Lucky to be alive on earth.
- Caroline Young
With God, I will survive.
- Mari Pothier
Insane people make life more interesting.
- Cal Colgan
Anxiety: not meeting up to expectations.
- JD Bray
Life: one big opportunity; say yes.
- Brittney Piescik
Girl in jeans with big dream.- Jody Marich

I'll Forgive But I'll Never Forget
- Whitney Blair
To love and to be loved
- Kaitlyn Teabo

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