Hi All,

Below is an excerpt from my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman's Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (September 2009 - available on Amazon.com). I hope the exercises help jumpstart your six-word memoir journey! Let me know what you think about them. Enjoy!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda



Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke - www.anandaleeke.com


Discovering Self Through Six-Word Memoirs

The following six-word memoir exercises are based on the book, Not Quite What I Was Planning – Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure edited by SMITH Magazine. For more information, visit www.smithmag.net/sixwords.

1) Select four topics from the list below. Write two six-word memoirs for each area. Take two minutes to write each six-word memoir.

-State of Being and Personal Reflection
-Ancestral Origins
-Family Connections
-Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation, Age, and Gender
-Professions
-Spirituality and Healing
-Popular Culture Labels
-School Affiliations
-Organizational Memberships
-Socioeconomic Status and Residence
-Political Affiliation

2) Select one of the six-word-memoirs and begin writing a response to the following statement: what I really want to say about this six-word memoir is (fill in the blank with your own words). Don't censure your words. Don't read them. Just keep writing without stopping your pen for ten minutes.

3) Take five minutes to read over your writing and circle any words or phrases you feel a strong attraction to.

4) Take five minutes to examine the words or phrases. Write down how three of the words or phrases reflect your personality, choices, or life experiences.

5) Take five minutes to write nonstop about how these writing practices affected you.

6) Take three minutes to read your writing.

7) Take five minutes to write about any new discoveries you made about yourself through writing.

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What's yours?
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This is great! I love the idea of sharing exercises with the group -- when I get the time I need I will try it. Thank you Ananada, for everything!
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Ananda Leeke said:
Here's my SheWrites.com six-word memoir for today: Women birth a creative sisterhood community.

What's yours?
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For today it would be....:

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Hi there...here is mine for the moment


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I wish I had this one during my fibroid journey. It is perfect.

ab said:
Hi there...here is mine for the moment


The pain is not me
I felt this way two weeks ago. Wonderful.

E Victoria Flynn said:
Today deserves a little commentary: hell was loose-red boots boogie!
I love it. I feel that way about my book edits.

Lindsay Price said:
For today it would be....:

Reading curriculum equals cross-eyed excitement.
This feels like a great t-shirt.

LindaLowen said:
Today's entry: Bloggerism - I think, therefore I link.

I used to do a haiku blog, but once I started blogging for a living, all my fun blogs fell by the wayside. I'm glad this group exists to get me back on track doing a few small things for myself and my sanity. All work and no play...

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