Last month brought National Novel Writing Month, aka, NaNoWriMo. The goal was lofty: write 50,000 words in November. After another year of seeing so many writers collapse in frustration -- wow, these first 42,698 words aren't very good! -- SMITH, the online magazine devoted to celebrating personal stories in many forms, decided to give pro and amateur writers alike a somewhat more manageable assignment: six words. After all, legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. The result was "For sale: baby shoes, never used."
So this month, Smith Magazine presents, for the first time anywhere (as far as Google deigns to tell them), the Six-Word Memoir Contest.
Not quite haiku, more thoughtful than a one-liner, it really makes you take stock of who you are and how you want to represent yourself to everyone else. It could be the title of your autobiography, or maybe your epitaph. And as they've found out in the short time since SMITH launched this contest, six-word memoirs are fascinating--and addictive. They also make a great parlor game.
Smith editor Larry says his is "Big hair, big love, big hurry."
And if he were to write one for a certain Huffington Post founder, one thought was, "Fearlessly flew from right to left."
As a little bonus, Smith is giving away an iPod Nano to their favorite six-word memoir. What's yours?