Are you familiar with the Six-Word Memoir®? I first stumbled upon this intriguing idea when I opened up a bottle of Honest Tea. (I love Honest Tea. One might say I am addicted, but that’s for another post.) I found a tiny surprise under the bottle cap, a 6-WORD MEMOIRS story project in which people (and sometimes famous people) summed up a story in six words. Today’s memoir was “Art therapist, more fun than doctor.” Yes, I would agree with that. Another one I’ve seen is a touching sentiment about struggling with elderly parents: “Mom’s Alzheimers. She forgets. I remember.”
According to an NPR article I found on the subject, the Six-Word Memoir was the brain child of Smith, an online magazine. They asked their readers to write a story in six words and published submissions in a book, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. They got the idea from a legend about Ernest Hemingway, who was once asked to write a full story in six words and the novelist responded, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Now, each time I open up a bottle of Honest Tea, I consider what might be my Six-Word Memoir and, of course, got me thinking that others in the Amoena community might be willing to share theirs with us as well. I would imagine breast cancer survivors (and even their family or friends), could write some poignant and simple yet profound (and maybe funny) words on their experience. Whether you’ve just started out on the journey or have been on the road a long time, I know you have wisdom to share and, if you don’t have it in you to write a novel, then a Six-Word Memoir may just be the right size for you (and this goes for all of you who are reading this.)
And now I’ve put myself in a spot to actually write a Six-Word Memoir and share it with you. So here’s my six-word story about the women Amoena serves: Living life with courage. My inspiration.
Have I inspired you to share your Six-Word Memoir? If so, send me a comment with your six-word story. Who knows? You might see your story in a future issue of Amoena Life magazine.®Six-Word Memoir is a registered trademark of MagSmith, LLC.