Six word memoir

A forum for those interested in the craft and art of writing.

Moderator: Moderator

User avatar
Lori Koonce
Posts: 3538
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2007 12:10 pm
Location: San Francisco California

Six word memoir

Postby Lori Koonce » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:31 am

Heard about this on NPR and thought it would ba a challenge to all you writers out there....

It is said that when Hemingway was aproached by a fan in one of his favorite bars, he was asked for his life story in 6 words. He finished his drink and said "Baby shoes for sale never worn"

What would your 6 word memoir be? Mine would be always searching, never finding always hopful.


Posts: 106
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:42 pm

Postby alexanderthesoso » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:37 am

look left, look right, now cross

User avatar
Posts: 224
Joined: Sun May 23, 2004 3:49 pm
Location: Arlington, VA

Postby remarck » Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:16 pm

came, went; won't be back again.

Douglas Harrison
Posts: 1036
Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2003 12:26 am

Postby Douglas Harrison » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:16 pm

"I hoped it would get better."

Yes, I am more depressing than Keith.


User avatar
Posts: 1530
Joined: Wed May 21, 2003 1:58 pm
Location: Houston, TX

Postby FinderDoug » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:05 am

Everything before 40 was pre-game.

User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 10607
Joined: Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:17 pm

Postby Moderator » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:20 am

"That was it? What'd I miss?"
- I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.


Postby rich » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:52 am

"Thank you, may I have another?"

User avatar
Posts: 366
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2005 5:59 pm
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Postby swp » Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:36 am

"Knew many names, not his own."

(I overheard that one in a bar, people discussing this same topic and I started paying attention when Stephen King's entry was given)

User avatar
Posts: 366
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2005 5:59 pm
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Postby swp » Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:02 am

ok, so I just spent lunch trying to remember that time in the bar, this is what I recall. I seriously doubt any of it was original, and there is much that I cannot recall surely. I am also certain that others have used these as well since then. The topic wavered among the "write a short story in exactly 6 words" to "write your eulogy in exactly 6 words" and the like.

I am more than six words.
You are not worth six words.
I did not understand the question.
Diapers, jumpers, shorts, jeans, suits, diapers.
He tried to do his best.
Found true love. Married someone else.
So much rhetoric, so little time.
Life happened. Found the funny parts.
I never thought I deserved one.
5 marriages, 4 divorces, anent love.
Life measured in wins and losses.
All my stuff is in storage.
Familial conditions based on investment returns.
Found mom's suicide note, and lived.
Not always right, but never wrong.

User avatar
David Loftus
Posts: 3182
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 2:15 pm
Location: Portland, Oregon

Postby David Loftus » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:38 pm

Delicious coating o'er a bitter pill
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

User avatar
Davey C
Posts: 213
Joined: Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:43 pm
Location: Iowa City

Postby Davey C » Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:19 pm

'Twas beauty killed the beast, motherfucker.

-Bob Goldthwait

User avatar
Posts: 1790
Joined: Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:24 pm

Postby markabaddon » Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:15 pm

What, me worry? Who said that!?!?
Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristrocratic forms. No gov't in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, gov't tends more and mroe to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class

Tom C
Posts: 56
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:14 pm

Postby Tom C » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:55 am

His takeoffs didn't equal his landings.

User avatar
Posts: 16283
Joined: Wed May 28, 2003 2:19 pm

Postby FrankChurch » Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:50 pm

saw the light, welcoming the dark.

Tony Rabig
Posts: 230
Joined: Wed May 28, 2003 4:44 pm
Location: Parsons, KS

Postby Tony Rabig » Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:07 pm

How 'bout these?

Made his choices, never looked back.


Always wondered what might have been.
(and I think that one's fairly depressing too)

Bests to all,


Return to “The Moving Finger”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest