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?



44 thoughts on “Making it up as I go

  1. Ginger Calem

    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!

  2. Patricia

    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

  3. Sophia Chang

    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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