Tell us your story in just six words! In this group, we challenge ourselves to answer different questions about characters, writing, and life in just six words. We'd love to have you contributing, too!
On August 17, I spoke with Kamy Wicoff on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio. During our juicy conversation about SheWrites.com and BlogHer 2009, Kamy and I talked about our love of six-word memoirs. Kamy suggested that SheWrites.com create a six-word memoir group. So here it is. If you would like to listen to my interview with Kamy, click on the button below.
So what are six-word memoirs? To help answer the question, I have included an excerpt from my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman's Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (December 2009 - available on Amazon.com). You can also visit Smith Magazine, the founders of the six-word memoir movement and book series: http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords.
A six-word memoir is a statement that tells a story about who you are and how you live your life. It expresses your identity, personality, emotions, family connections, personal interests, favorite things, wisdom, life philosophy/motto, beliefs, professions, and/or experiences. The rules that govern the six-word memoir writing process are very relaxed. You only need to use six words! They can come from any language you choose.
Six-word memoirs are revolutionary because they don’t require you to follow English grammar rules. What a relief! You are free to write fragmented sentences, one word descriptions followed by a period or dash, six words that mirror a grocery list, or six words no one can understand or relate to but yourself. Your six-word memoir is your gift to yourself. It can address one or more of the following areas (and other areas not mentioned below):
1) State of Being and Personal Reflection
Example: Woman seeking to understand inner self.
2) Ancestral Origins Example: Descendant of Africans, Native Americans, Europeans
Thanks everyone for joining this group and sharing such wonderful six-word memoirs! I love reading them! They inspire me!
Smith Magazine published It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure in January 2010. My six-word memoir was included: Go Green Boho BAP. Urban Debutante. The book is available on Amazon.com.
On February 11, I hosted a creativity coaching session on Ananda Leeke Live! UStream.tv which discussed how to use six-word memoirs to discover who you are in the present moment and creative process. I also gave tips on how to use six-word memoirs to overcome writer's block. Click on the video below to watch the 15 minute program. Enjoy!
"Love this, Deborah! Thank you for sharing your dilemma and honest feelings about an issue so close to many of us. And I love the other suggestions as well. Seems like it never gets easier, but it is great to have these affirmations."