Making it up as I go

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Blogging, Books, Writing | 44 comments


It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

How about telling that story in six words Nietzsche?

Ernest Hemingway is reputed to have done it:

“For sale:  Baby shoes, never worn.”

Over at Smith Magazine they take this flash fiction concept and make it more personal, “celebrating the joy of passionate, personal storytelling.”

They call it the Six Word Memoir Project.

“A sake mom, not soccer mom.”

~Shawna Hausman



“The miserable child leads to royalties.”

~Frank McCourt


Both their book series and the Smith Mag’s site are filled with six words on a range of topics including love, inspiration and parenting.  You can even instantly publish your own six word memoir on the site.  I did!

“Making it up as I go.”


Tell me, what’s your story in six words?




  1. Oh, man! I have to think!

  2. “Braver than I used to be.”

  3. Taking one step at a time.

  4. Lengthen my attention span “Ooh squirrel!”

  5. Every day is a new beginning. :-)

  6. Life is a journey, live it.

  7. Oh boy, Coleen, I still need to come up with one. But you know what? Your post has actually given me more focus to do so. Six words … hmmmm….
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  8. Wow. My story in 6 words…Will work for ink and wine.

  9. Can I get back to you? LOL
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  10. Living my almost happily ever after:)

    -Thanks for helping me think in fewer words!

  11. Lost in the static of life. That pretty much sums me up in a nutshell!

  12. Boring, in a very good way!

    LOL fun topic!
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  13. You are all so creative–I’m having fun reading your responses! :)

  14. Getting good at the hard stuff.

  15. Live the dream. Tell the tale.

  16. Drink coffee, eat chocolate, laugh loud.

  17. I’ve read More Six Word Memoirs + the teen edition. It’s amazing what people can convey in six little words.

    Here’s mine:

    Fear is my crutch no more.

  18. Lists, chocolate, books keep me sane.

  19. Always seeking. (Woah, do I get three lives?? ;))
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  20. Does it count if I do more than one? And, I want to steal April Plummer’s. BRILL!


    Live authentically and with abundant joy.

    Soccer, orchestra and dance, living carpool routes.

    Open arms, sunkissed days, my heart.

    Effort, Commitment, Results, No other options!

  21. Never give up! Never say die!

    It’s an oldie, but a goodie! (Does that one count, too?)

  22. “My family makes it all worthwhile!”

  23. Run, stumble, fall down, get up.
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  24. You are kidding me, aren’t you? :)

    Cute post, Coleen!

  25. Find courage in being unique.

    This was a toughy, but that’s what first came to mind.
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  26. Why walk when you can dance?

  27. Geek girl will save the day.

  28. This six word concept is impossible!

    Wait – I just did it!

    Game on, Colleen. When I find my 6, we’ll both know.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  29. Take risks, get messy, make mistakes.

    Wow, six words is hard!

  30. It just gets better and better :)

  31. Loving the journey of my life.

  32. Still crazy, after all these years :-)

  33. Loving my family to the fullest !

  34. I just love that baby shoes one. Lemme mull over this one. I had to describe myself in 5 words for a previous job’s wall of teachers and I said, “Completely devoid of humor. Natch.”
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  35. Wow Coleen! What Fantastic replies! You clever girl!

    My six word reply. Hmm.

    Loving life with true heartfelt expressions!
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  36. My six change with each day!

  37. I have more than one :-)

    Take it. Share it. Enjoy it.

    Live with no regrets. Discover undiscovered.

    Positive attitude will take you anywhere.

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