Saturday, April 1, 2017

My Life in Six-Word Stories

Have you ever heard of Ernest Hemingway's six-word tale? I can share it with you if you are not familiar with it (no summarizing or paraphrasing necessary): "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Kind of depressing, isn't it?

I wasn't familiar with the story myself until it was brought to my attention by the Two Writing Teachers' Slice of Life Story Challenge last month. Some bloggers used the six-word format during the month. I thought I would try it, but didn't know exactly what to do with it. Six words didn't really seem like blogging, you know? 

Today, the day after the challenge ended no less, I imagined a way I could tell six-word stories. This may be cheating (I prefer creative license myself), but I wrote six-word stories to tell the story of my life, a decade at a time. 

Happy girl skipping, singing, collecting ladybugs.

Moody teenager feeling out of place.

College grad looking for love, future.

Married woman teaching and having babies.

Wife, mom, teacher trying to balance.

Soon another decade. What is next?

What would be your six-word story? If you decide to give it a try, please share in the comments. It's really quite fun!


  1. I love using this format to tell longer stories. One of my favorite slices from the 2016 challenge was a slice about trying to find a slice, using a series of six-word memoirs. It's a great first day assignment in a writing class--so low-stakes and fun.

    1. I completely agree with it being low-stakes and fun and a great way to tell stories that would probably be too long to tell. Obviously there are many stories I could tell from each decade, but telling it in only six words forced me to capture the essence of it instead, which had some surprising results. Thanks for stopping by, Elisabeth!

  2. Clever! Love these! Sometimes we use these as quick story summaries. Today I'd write: Father in empty nest looks outward.


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