the six word short story/six word memoir idea is not my own.
according to some legendary accounts, hemingway was once challenged to write a short story in six words.
the legendary response?
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
smith magazine invited readers to submit personal six-word memoirs in a similar style, a literary cousin to post-secret, which is brilliant, because most of the work was done by the readers themselves.
i considered adding a forum feature to the site in order to invite people to write their own six-word short stories or memoirs, but,
let’s be real, here,
moderating a forum (which, on a site that averages tens of hits a day would be teeming with life, right?) is something i just don’t feel like doing.
i’m gonna take a swing at a six word memoir just below, and i invite y’alls to comment with one or eight of your own. i like these because each one can stand alone – tiny capsules of the entirety.
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‘the teacher with the wry smile’
was once my memoir.
‘has a tendency not to follow directions’
has my sweet wife nodding firmly.
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i got intimidated by the idea of a six word short story. look for it in an edit or a comment on my own post.
again, please comment with your own – i’d like to read them, and i’ll feel quite let down if nobody takes a swing.