One life. Six words. What’s yours?

This phrase is from the cover of a book that I came across in the bookstore that changed my life. The book, Not Quite What I Was Planning: And Other Six-Word Memoirs by Authors, contains a collection of personal stories written in just six words. Ever since opening this book, I’ve been addicted to writing in just six word phrases. In fact, I’ve kept a six-word diary for months now.

I thought I’d share some favorites.

This one speaks to me now:

Slightly flabby,

Slightly fabulous,

Trying hard.     –Amy Friedman

This is how life should be:


Picked last.

Surprised them all.      –Rachel Pine

I frequently pray a similar prayer:

God, grant me patience.

Right now.      –Michael Castleman

Maybe it should say Mommy Dee:

I answer to the name mom.     – Lynne Chesterton

Can’t help but wonder what happened:

True love was prevented

by leprosy.       –Peter Hayward

Couldn’t have said it better myself:

Must remember: people, gadgets.

That order.      –Brian Lam

Writing in six words: fun exercise!

Maybe something you’d like to try?