Lately I’ve been floundering. I have plenty of work to do, but the will to do it has fled. I tried just stepping away for a while, but that lead to cleaning which led to concern on the part of Spouse and Spawn. Instead I decided to shake things up a bit to see if I could get a new perspective. Turning to my bookshelf I grabbed my copy of Unstuck, Noah Scalin’s book of fifty-two creative challenges designed to get your creative mojo back on track. It opened up to Six Word Memoir (designed by Larry Smith of Smith magazine). The gist of the exercise is to write your life story in six words. Only six words.
Hmm… Could I do it? Could I, the Queen of the Run-on Sentence, limit myself to a mere six words when there are so many from which to choose? Not only could I do it, but once I started it was almost impossible to stop. I initially set my timer for fifteen minutes to come up with as many variations as possible. Once the first fifteen was over I was having so much fun I gave myself another fifteen. Even after I walked away from my pen and paper (see previous post) I found myself writing them in my head while I exercised in the morning, and when I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep.
It wasn’t just addictive it was energizing. It forced me to strip down to the essential. My first few attempts were completely brilliant until I realized they had seven words. To lose one word I had to rethink everything. It went a long way toward lifting my creative funk.
So with a nod to Nick Hornby here are my Top Five Six Word Memoirs:
- Singer, reader, writer, hoarder of shoes. (Okay, I cheated a little on this one. I’ve used this one for a tagline for a while, but it’s still one of my favorites.)
- I sing, eat, wear glorious shoes.
- Life is serious; I am not.
- A ladylike demeanor hides fierce rebellion.
- I make lists to ignore them.
Not content to keep all the fun to myself I think it’s time to hear from you. Post your Six Word Memoirs here by November 3. On the 4th I’ll post my favorite one, and if it’s yours you get your very own copy of Unstuck and a large bag of googly eyes (you’ll understand when you read the book). You can post as many as you want as many times as you want. If you need a little inspiration to get you started visit the Six Word Memoir site.