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 writing. 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:


This is how life should be:


I frequently pray a similar prayer:


Maybe it should say Mommy Dee:


Can’t help but wonder what happened:


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?

Updated post originally published December 2012.

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