Can you write your autobiography in 6 words? A six word memoir? A short sentence that describes your life?
Once asked to write a full story in six words, legend has it that novelist Ernest Hemingway responded: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn."
I was reading today that "Smith Magazine" invited writers "famous and obscure" to share their own life stories into exactly six words.
The tiny memoirs are sometimes sad, often funny — and always concise.
Here are some of them:
Activist Gloria Steinem - "Life is one big editorial meeting"
Author Frank McCourt - "The miserable childhood leads to royalties"
Actress Molly Ringwald - "Acting is not all I am"
Here are some others from lesser known people:
"Found on Craigslist: table, apartment, fiance."
"Alzheimer's: meeting new people every day."
"Met wife at her bachelorette party."
"Family portrait: everyone smiles but me."
"I picked passion. Now I'm poor"
Kathleen E. Whitlock
"Normal person becomes psychotic on Twitter."
"Yale at 16, downhill from there."
"After cancer, I became a semicolon."
Anthony R. Cardno
"At least I never voted Republican."
"Full circle: morgue tech becomes obstetrician."
"So would you believe me anyway?"
Okay...here's mine: "He did the best he could"