Six-Word Memoirs


There is a legend about Ernest Hemingway responding to a challenge to write a six-word story with this: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

That’s about as devastating and definitive as a story can be–whatever its length. And it has inspired many writers to construct six-word stories and memoirs.

Here’s another one, unlikely written as a six-word memoir, but perfectly fitting the form: “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

Here are some I’ve come up with that fall into the “memoir” category:

Fourth of five kids. Mostly ignored.

Shy as kid, introverted as adult.

Not quite according to expected outcome.

Found a partner, things got better.

One kid, then two. Meaningful life.

Years keep passing, hanging in there.

If I didn’t write, then nothing.

My tiny mark of meaning. Unseen.

Yet I am loved. Am alive.

Want more? Here are six-word COVID-19 stories.

By David Klein

David Klein

Published novelist, creative writer, journalist, avid reader, discriminating screen watcher.


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