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, personal interests, wisdom, beliefs, professions, and experiences.
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!