Tuesday, October 28, 2008

the six word memoir

there is a (not so) current writing trend that is really pretty profound. short but profound. what it is is that authors, writers, and such are writing their whole memoir in just 6 words. some creative ones that i have found are...

Nobody cared, then they did. Why?
- Chuck Klosterman

70 years, few tears, hairy ears.
- Bill Querengesser

"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"
-Ernest Hemingway

recently people have been putting pictures to their 6 word memoir and they have been incredible. here are some on this NPR LINK.

so i think it would be great if each one of us did one about ourself. perhaps post a photoshopped picture and 6 words, or just your 6 word memoir all on its own. either way, i think it would be so interesting to see each others lives in a simple 6 words.

HERE IS MINE:


..............LEFT BEHIND A LEFT BEHIND CHILD....................

alternates for mine:
always looking, never finding. feeling found.
lonely child found fame, lost self.


-stephen

so SO many good ones in the comments, everyone should read them all!
but few (there were tons) that really hit me personally are:

...everything changes; everything stays the same
...missing piece to a bigger picture
..."There is always hope. Rinse, Repeat"
...Looked before she leaped, missed.
....8,264 days, 22 hours, 47 min.
....Finding the sublime in the simple
...Starving artist with no artistic talent
...life solves all but one question
...finding my song--waiting to sing
...clay molded by too many hands.
...six words short of a memoir.

197 comments:

Alicia Liberatore said...

recognized,repented,and found eternal joy

The Feel Good Drag said...

awakened hope, then lost. still searching.

Lauren said...

wanderer's life lost in world's words.

guard my dreams said...

life's reqiuem: adagio --> dissonance --> perfect harmony

StanManX said...

dreams on hold; maybe next year.

[Cr*] said...

imperfect but feeling lucky and blessed

Latrina said...

This is awesome. I enjoyed yours & your childhood picture is adorable. :)

I will be thinking of mine. I want to put more thought in to it.

switchkosterice said...

somehow remains faithful despite bothersome doubts

hannah said...

still waiting for it to start.

alternative:

wishing for peter pan to come.

simon ng said...

I guess for me.....
Slowly waking with a breathing heart.

or simply

Follower plus Punk equals Following Punk.

Anonymous said...

looking, finding, loosing... repeat it again.

Ponder This said...

innocence stolen, lost, seeming not being

kaulie janae said...

caught between the past and present

or

everything changes; everything stays the same

Chris said...

you're too cute! ;)
I'm thinking...will comment back.

j.y said...

missing piece to a bigger picture

Anonymous said...

looking towards a better, brighter day

Jennifer said...

Lost in self. Found in Christ.

morgan bray said...

"blessed beyond belief. struggling against myself."

...that's really hard to think about, but that's what i've come up with in 2 minutes.

Scooby said...

Left the rat race, loving life.

Michelle said...
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Marc G. Adams said...

searched was found, was left lost.

Cassandra said...

There must be more than this.

Book of James said...

"There is always hope. Rinse, Repeat"

Nadia said...

beautifully broken but still holding on.

Steph said...

Dreams are vivid, are they real?

Story of a Girl said...

searching for what i already found.

or

broken and misunderstood.lost, yet found.

** i would've posted photos but html cannot be accepted, so i don't know how to...

but your photo's adorable ! is that david cassidy on the guitar?!

julie said...

if you really read these you notice a pattern in the different tones of nostalgia and longing for something better.

--It's Not About Making Me Happy.

Patricia M. said...

Looked before she leaped, missed it.

Chris said...

shattered dreams and fractured reality - existing.

Die to self, hope in Christ.

amy said...

alright, here are a few:

figuring out whats not figured out.

decide to find more than yourself.

breathe in, breathe out. it helps.

breathe, be calm, love; thats life.

Eve said...

Broken wings, still sing, defying everything.

mark duarte said...

six word memoir..

what was lost, has been restored.

Jake said...

An open book. Take a look.

Drew said...

money never solved the problem...act

Becky said...

Wondered.Thought.Broken.Prayed.Trusted.Saved

Anonymous said...

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whispered prayer, soul bared, heart repaired...

Bruce Merlin said...

what you find someone left behind

or

Why press on when hard pressed

Kat said...

Is that Shaun Cassidy on your guitar? haha.
Anyways,


Wishful singing often paints obscure pictures.

laura said...

forgive me, please never forget me.

or maybe....

looking forward to your latest posts =D

keshia winter said...

Dismantled. Reassembled. Each time someone stronger.

Or

Searching. Looking for something. What? Unsure.

Anonymous said...

stephen, if finding fame has caused you to lose yourself, why continue to do what you do? just wondering :)

mel

Addy said...

I really like this assignment. I want to put some thought into mine. I have a few iedas.
My initial thought was:
"Indescribable with a mere six words"
but I figured there has to be some more creativity in me somewhere. :)

Angela said...
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Angela said...

"Once upon a time, I was."


And the NPR link is broken. There's a after it.

doubtisfaith said...

Stephen, I worry about you. I am sorry that you feel left behind, and I wish I could help you. Please know that even though I do not know you, I care.

anyways... here's mine.

All I know is music. Love?

doubtisfaith said...

alternate:

so happy, except for one thing.

selfish, unloving, broken, until baby shiloh.

Melanie said...

Life is short, seize the moment.

I have the best picture, but don't know how to post it. =(

Mike The Great said...

I like it! Great Idea, Steven!

Lose yourself to Find Others

parker said...

I thought about this for a good 20 minutes, but I still haven't come up with one that fits perfectly.
but I did come up with a couple I like.

1. searching, but unsure where to look
2. never truly lived, let's change that

and I second what 'doubtisfaith' said in every way :)

EkoZania said...

innocent at birth. guilty by death.

Anonymous said...

bumpy road, kissed toad, recovery mode!

guard my dreams said...

this is a really great idea.. you may want to consider participating in another program that NPR does... i did it for an English assignment, and it was actually very interesting to think about. you basically write a short essay on your most important belief of your life. search for I Believe on NPR.org

Daniel+ said...

A sinner persecuted but forgiven, loved.


It was great to catch up the other day.

Peace,
Daniel+

an.indigo.moon. said...

puddles of forgotten memories make lakes.

or the ever cliche

sleeps to dream, dreams to live.

nicole rork said...
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nicole rork said...

i'm always searching for the truth

or

tried to be selfless and failed



hang in there stephen, you're not alone.

rme193766 said...

persecuted, still standing,searching for truth

The Timo Chronicle said...
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The Timo Chronicle said...

Simple convictions are far from me.

Hennie said...

Here's mine, telling the whole truth.

-- Hopeless dreamer whose dreams came true.

Anonymous said...

We did this in one of my writing classes a few weeks ago, mine is:

22 years old, 12 at heart.

-Crystal

Shann said...

a profound mind, searching for time

amanda lynn said...

learned: always look before you leap.

Noel. said...

God chases me , i run away.
and/or
God catches me, happy He did.

Anonymous said...

my flame flickers but never fails

Miss N said...

Holding on to nothing but hope.

emily said...
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Emily said...

Learning and doubting; imperfect but loved.

EkoZania said...

8,264 days, 22 hours, 47 min.

Maryn said...

Twilight ideals, hating that I'm awake.

Letras q me gustaN said...

lost and found. awake and learning.

Ma'ila Auwen said...

Finding the sublime in the simple

lauren writes said...

Pain ruins what you let it.

Alex said...

"Dismantle. Repair." j/k someone much wiser than myself wrote that (although I wish I had!)

"Pasionately loved lover yet single."

I have a 5hr drive to make tonight so if I think of anything better I'll let you know!

Alex said...

Oops, I can't count. Sorry.
"A single unwanted pasionately loved lover."

There we go :)

Liz M. said...

Wow this is a really beautiful idea... thanks for initiating such a creative outlet!

"Life of convenience... well, not theirs.."

someone (not) famous said...

finally found beauty in everything, satisfied

malinna said...

abandoned
adopted
aware
accepted
acknowledged
audacious

malinna said...

selfish
single
love
lost
faith
renewed

stephen, i'm lovin' the pic... lmao - shawn cassidy... hahahaha!!!

goodnightpunk said...

once that was routine now joy

or

one that was lost now found

or

Lord, please come and resurrect me.

Aimee said...

so i think this is a really great idea, and i've been telling all my friends to write their own. interesting to read, and challenging to write. as of right now this is mine:

writing the words no one hears

will probably think of alternate ones. :-D

Aimee said...

surrounded by beauty, consumed by passion

yeah there's another. :)

E. said...

Learned the most from the unexpected.

Raechel said...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v117/laurewyn/sixwords.jpg

"Lost on path; blazing my own"

C+--- said...

"Unsatisfied appetite; Hungry for True Love"

Miss N said...

oh, i thought a few alternate for mine :)

- Always happy but never really satisfied.
- Looking up, unaware of holes ahead.
- Lost in a world she created.

:)

distortion_overdrive said...

Okay, mine is going to sound dumb compared to everyone else's; I mean, it's hard to put together six words as your entire memoir. In fact, the first word that came out of me after I read this blog was "bla." :( So here goes my six-word memoir:

La Bla Ha Cha Spa Hurrah!

"La" because I'm a musician, "Bla" because I'm weird, "Ha" because I'm silly, "Cha" because I'm like a spicy pepper with a temper, "Spa" because I'm girly, and "Hurrah!" because I know Jesus.

Or, on a more serious note:

"Jesus and a Guitar. That's All."

Shanrocks said...

Molded in my dad's image.
Nature.

Fated in my mom's upbringing.
Nurture.

and

Half my life in a blackout.

^I journalled that when I was 10 and a classmate was complaining he never got to see enough of his father because he was divorced from his mom..I only wished I had even met mine.

My life's dance; a melancholy romance.

Lost ideals, Aware moments, Found living.

distortion_overdrive said...

I think we all agree that Stephen was such a cutie when he was a little kid!

Jordan Wilhite said...

Soft Skeleton. Dismantled. Repaired. Peace. Pain.

parker said...

I rethought mine in the shower today lol.
I came up with a "series of 6 word memoirs" let's say :)

I see beauty in the darkness
I hear beauty in the silence
Feel the beauty when I'm numb
Smell the beauty of the rain
Taste the beauty of the ordinary
The beauty I know is love

shara said...

When all else fails, just laugh.

Mandy said...

wow. this idea is amazing. i just read through other peoples comments and was amazed. i wish i was able to come up with something as clever. this is what i came up with....

know life. know struggles. still fighting.

the heidi parade said...

six words short of a memoir.

foajosh said...

Insatiable dreamer discontent with contentment. Alas.

sunbeams & shadows said...

Lost little girl on busy street-corner

Kayla said...

Lost, befriended, betrayed then lost again

desiree said...

Struggled, found Him, recovered, found peace

The Silent Fewl said...

loved, multiplied, forsaken, alone, feel uunforgiven

Rover Fox said...

Raise me, oh my living God.

Latrina said...

Okay, so I finally thought of mine. Well, I came up with a few:

1. Wanting more yet afraid of change.
3. Her life has brought me happiness.
3. Music. Music. Music. Music. Music. Me.
4. Struggling to better myself. Almost there.
5. Fourteen years lost, then meeting him.
6. Loneliness sucks. Could use a hug.

But the one that describes me the most:

Found life in his blue eyes.

Valerie said...

seeking the stability of broken glass.

Paper Tyger said...

im torn between
...soul born, soul lost, soul freed...
and
...observes through others, lives for Him...

heart & soul said...

lost...loved...waiting...

Dianne said...

Realized own futility. Then smiled.

burnthesun said...

I Came, Saw, Got Blowed Up

chris said...

alone in crowds, scared and smiling.

sbv said...

I can't think of any good ones, but I'll go with these:

'Someday I'll Be Saturday Night. Maybe.'

'Imperfect perfectionist. Hopeful pessimist. Rarely kissed.'

'I'm cold. Put the heating on.'

http://www.shariblackvelvet.com/photography/howaboutieatyou.jpg

Anonymous said...

I'm walking backwards up the stairs

Anonymous said...

waiting for the world to act.

Anonymous said...

stolen from despair, returned to Owner

Josiah said...

Silence is what King Midas creates.

or

First baby breath, killed Lady Macbeth

melodiesunsung said...
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melodiesunsung said...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/
breathofprose/sixwords.jpg

malinna said...

time is short, live it up!

oxygen.intake said...

artfully created, created art, reflecting creator.

distortion_overdrive said...

Dismantle, Repair, Repeat. Control, Alt, Delete.

Another failure. Man, can't I think up something that's not funny???

Here's another alternative: Stephen is much smarter than me.

Amanda said...

"Non-religious: faithless yet hopeful, musical devotion."

or maybe...

"Lost God; Found salvation [or hope/faith] in music."

Insert any similar word in place of "salvation" and you can use it that way. It's the only steady thing in my life and I am completely devoted to it.

The "Non-" is probably cheating a bit though eh?

Amanda said...

Just wanted to add this bit since I am tired from the show tonight (which was amazing as always) and forgot to say it...

I chose to use the word "salvation" because music saves my life every day and without it, I would be lost.

Stephen, tonight's show really lifted my spirits. Thank you for that. :)

Joe Donaldson said...

deserved to be forgotten. never was.
or
called out of darkness. returned, rescued.
or
clay molded by too many hands.

Anonymous said...

chosen. turn and set your journey.

Anonymous said...

Music is my only requited lover.

Anonymous said...

living in the scene but unseen

Anonymous said...

hopelessly in love with hopeless love.

KJ said...

running from neverland, seeing the truth.

Nadia said...

A passenger, my car, road of life.

Naturally it all comes together sometimes.

Traveling, resting, going home, repeating; life.

Lost in confusion of my own language.

Not ready to understand, only be.

(That's all I have for now).

JON said...

lookin forward, never back. always searching

Ang said...

Can't do this alone. Need you.

Ashley N. said...

this took a lot of thought, but i finally came up with a couple...
didnt know what to look for
or
never could see, something was missing

free youth movement said...

today is my first ever birthday

alternative

leaving yesterday becoming who I am

not to please anyone but God

forgetting used attachment, taking new risk

weaknesses and strengths, I am yours

realize I am weak, needing help

Liz said...

disconnected; trying to find Him again.

valarina said...

never grew out of growing up.

Rach said...

my place: between waking and sleeping

Blair said...

Something breaking slowly on the mend.



You inspire me.

rebekah said...

finding my song--waiting to sing.

josiah said...

Here's another one:

Starving artist with no artistic talent

Liz said...

i thought of another one.

"we all need a reason to believe."

-JEss- said...

life solves all but one question

why is never itself a question

tears shed leaves a stained scar

Chris Kettleson said...

Six Words To Remember Me By.

jameswalrus said...

constantly in awe of the world

young, full of life, and ready

Jordan Wilhite said...

here is another attempt.

Lost sheep, found the way home

Soo said...

looking for happiness. fear of failure.

Anonymous said...

Her Sorrow is an Eternal Silence.

Janelle said...

A lot to say, no time.

Monica said...

Cynicism turned inward, always fearing self.

Brennan said...

stumbling, searching, wandering, clueless; still hopeful

Hannah said...

Wishing to be found, always lost.

Hopeless to self, hopeful for others.

ChristinaTheAnomalous said...
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Trent said...

Pondering the impossible. Living the remarkable.

Melissa Lopez said...

I want more than this, now.

Amanda White said...

open arms. open heart. my demise

Anonymous said...

he will be my one regret.

Kate said...

I know I'm way late on this, but...

Not all who search are lost.

Or.

Desmond Hume will be my constant :)

Haikit said...

Rarely noticed, yet there, watching, envious.

Hope, killed, one time too many.

Unwanted, thrown away, replaced by emptyness.

Pictures fill the space of time.

Wandering circles, yet never the same.

Dreams were lost, returning once again.

At least I'm surviving... I think?

---
You were SO cute when you were little! :D Your memoir's awesome.

Haikit said...

Thought of a few more.

Always searching... there's nothing but dust.

Dusty footprints. Am alone, yet wasn't.

You'll come if needed? ..prove it.

Anonymous said...

I JUST KNOW JESUS IS THE WAY!

Kena said...

Teenage cliche searching for something original.

Wames Jagner said...

Find myself, live for someone else...

or...

Waiting for praise, Lonely most days

im thinking about a couple others...

Cody said...

The best friend you never knew.

Carmen Yvette said...

Billy Jean is not my lover...

joy-dejavu said...

been struck down, but, not destoyed.

ChristinaTheAnomalous said...

Little girl lost, young adult found.

Anonymous said...

I can only be who I am.

aletheia said...

God is dead: I am free

Anonymous said...

from the new fray song, but i think these six words are very powerful, at least to my life:

"Lost and insecure, you found me"

Dustywynn said...

Always searching, brought back to one

Anonymous said...

joint decision. single blamed. permanent damage?

Bethany said...

Sometimes sleep to escape broken reality

Haylee said...

Losing hope. Living through other's triumphs.

Sarah said...

I fall down. Heart still beating.

Kena said...

My life is an acquired taste.

alice said...

Falling down, rising up. Again, again.

Darrell Prasad said...

killing clouds with my air rifle

i suppose i often like to use clouds as a metaphor for dreams and aspirations...

jesus freak said...
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jesus freak said...

leaped first, fell flat, got up
or
never looked, leaped carelessly, fell flat
or
running towards nothing in wrong direction
or
dancing, screaming, singing; nothing to celebrate
or
jumping for joy that never existed
or
too old to act my age

i could go on for hours, this is so fun!

Camille said...

dreams so big they become walls

lover turned pretender with good intentions

Anonymous said...

awkward self tries fitting into conformity

or

back then we were only children.

Angie's Blog said...

Not just another life without reason.

Was Weak. Found Faith. Grew Strong.

--Angie

laurafee said...

happiness is a choice. choose wisely.

Anonymous said...

trying to find her mr. darcy

cheshirekitty09 said...

It doesn't matter until it does.

erika said...

Fast forward through life. Rewind. Remember.

or

A painful past, a better understanding.

Sunny Tuesday said...

Just wanted to save the world.

Jessica said...

always searching for that special something

Random Rambler said...

Finding love, finding life in Him.

Or

Clay Pot; God's strength in Weakness

Lena said...

Eternally going up the down escalator.

Angela said...

Nicest anarchist with (a) streak for consistency.

Anonymous said...

Always pretending, she never met herself.

Crystal said...

broken by people. healed by God.

Eden-Joy said...

Restraining fear, nothing more found here

or...

Self-loathing is quaint, never knowing restraint

or....

My polished stone will be better

or...

Chop onions if you can't cry

I could go on forever

Hayden said...

I know it's been a while since this was posted, but the other day we were assigned to write one of these in relation to our AP english class (our experience, advice or warnings to upcoming students, etc). Here's what I came up with:

Remain resolute - City on a Hill.

Even though it was written specifically for the class, I think that it applies to so much more, and I try to follow this advice every day.

If you've never read it before, look up John Winthrop's "A City upon a Hill" speech, as that's what this is based around. That speech was (I think!) based off of Matthew 5:14, so it can also be read in relation to that as well :)

KariAnn said...

I'm so very late on commenting this, but it intrigued me.
This came to me in a dream, a man was singing it. I don't think he actually exists, but it stuck with me.

"Break the nights; unbreak my soul."

Melody said...
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Melody Snook said...

"Change the World, at least Someones"

Char. said...

hearts held together with sticky tape

jcodysmith said...

Robbed; realized things doesn’t equal happiness

Melody C. said...

I ran, God followed. Passionate pursuit.