One of the fun trends in the lit world lately is the Six-Word Memoir or Six-Word Story. According to most accounts, this arose from Ernest Hemingway’s claim that any story could be told in six words. His contribution to the genre: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Generally I’m not a fan of Hemingway’s sparse style, but, wow.

Some of my favorite sites to look for these stories are Six Word Stories and Six-Word Memoirs: Life Stories Distilled from NPR (click on the photo gallery for illustrated memoirs).

Inspired, I wrote some six-word memoirs from the perspective of my protagonist, Dara.

My first attempt was a little clumsy: Parents let her go. Me next?

A sillier try: Chose cupcakes for revenge. Plan backfired.

Then I think this one really did it: Lost a family, found a home.

So, fellow writers, what are your six-word stories? I’d love to hear them!

Dara’s Six-Word Memoirs
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