Legend has it that Earnest Hemingway was once asked to write a story in just six words. His response, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn."
Smith Magazine has taken the six word concept a step further and is encouraging it's readers to submit six word memoirs. They asked their readers to describe their life right now in six words, and got an amazingresponse. They received so many brilliant submissions that they have compiled several books, the most recent of which is "It All Changed in an Instant."
In my design work I try to get it down to most simple design possible to convey the message. Six word memoirs are an exercise in the same self editing. It's muchharder than it seems, and is a great way to flex your literary skillsand take a moment to reflect on your life.
Look through some of the examples, take a few minutes and come up with six words that tell the story of your life right now and post it in the comments. What's my memoir you ask?
My six word memoir: Still undefined and okay with that.
Here are a few more examples to inspire you, including a few from some famous memoirists...
From bar singer to halloween costume. - Taylor Hicks
Journalism, Ha! Just make stuff up. - Dave Barry
Barney, Doogie, average names allude me. - Neil Patrick Harris
Well, I thought it was funny - Stephen Colbert
After Harvard, had baby with crackhead. - Robin Templeton
Painful nerd kid, happy nerd adult. - Linda Williamson
Just let me finish this row. - Annonymous Avid Knitter