Help Me Out By Writing Your Memoir

Legend has it that a person bet Ernest Hemmingway that he couldn’t write a complete story in just six words. Accepting the challenge, he wrote “For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.” It probably goes without saying that Mr. Hemmingway won the bet.

Inspired by his example, Smith Magazine has been asking its readers to write their life story in exactly six words. The book, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, was released earlier this week. You can see some of the responses on their website or on a video on Amazon.

Much like Post Secrets, I’ve found people’s six-word stories to be interesting, inspiring, and incredibly sad. My plan is to use some of the entries in my sermon in a couple of weeks. I thought it would be fun to see if some of you would be willing to take a stab at summarizing your life in just six words. If you’re open to giving it a shot just leave it in the comments (feel free to do it anonymously).

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