Six Perfect Words

Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. The result was "For sale: baby shoes, never used."

Since SMITH celebrates the personal side of storytelling, our twist on this classic concept is the six-word memoir--the short, short true story of your life.

It could be the title of your autobiography, or maybe your epitaph. Shorter than haiku and meatier that a one-liner, it truly makes you take stock of who you are. Try it.

31-35, M
2 Responses Aug 9, 2007

It invokes a mystery about the person telling the story (did they have a baby? were they a single parent? who was the father/mother?) as well as the baby itself (miscarriage? put up for adoption? die?). And the "shoes" is such a touching reference....<br />
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T4F: check out the other headlines of stories in this group-- equally provocative. I really like: Jumping On Couch With Sharp Scissors.

Whether that is a legend or not, it's a powerful idea. Just think of the story behind those six words. What happened to the baby? Why were the shoes never used? I could do a whole story with those six words.