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Your Life in Six Words


A thought-provoking post from our Sisterhood of Suspense friend, Joanne Guidoccio. Do you have six words to sum up your life?

Word by Word

By Joanne Guidoccio

Whenever I attend workshops, I take note of any icebreakers. While some participants may groan, I find these short, introductory exercises very effective in creating community and stimulating creativity.

One of my favorites is the “Six-Word Memoir,” a spinoff of the challenge once given to Ernest Hemingway: Write a story using only six words.

His reply was quick and succinct: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

In November 2006, Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine, asked his fans to describe their lives in exactly six words. Intended to be a one-month contest, the project took on a life of its own. Since that time, Smith has received millions of responses, from the hilarious to the bittersweet to the inspirational. You can find out more here.

At the workshop where I was first introduced to this project, the facilitator shared the following examples:

“Married by Elvis, divorced…

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JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romance who writes about smart, sassy females and tough, alpha males who learn the true power is love. Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her web site: http://jacqbiggar.com You can follow her on at http://Facebook.com/jacqbiggar, http://Twitter.com/jacqbiggar Or email her via her web site. Jacquie lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

18 comments on “Your Life in Six Words

  1. I have never heard of this! I really enjoyed reading!

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  2. That was pretty cool and thought-provoking. I’m going to have to see what I can come up with!

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  3. Thanks for reblogging, Jacquie 🙂

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  4. Another terrific challenge. I love the answers.
    The sum of our lives seems to be on several minds to day. Someone else was challenging to name our memoirs. My negative nellie seems to take control when I try to think of either of these — six words or a title. Maybe it’s just that I’m on a quick morning break at work… Hugs.

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  5. An excellent impromptu author. Wow is she dynamic!

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  6. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie! Very interesting!

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