In 2006 The Six-Word Memoir project was founded by the online digest Smith Magazine. Ostensibly this project was inspired by the famous literary legend that pitted Ernest Hemingway against other leading writers of the day to determine who could compose the shortest story. Hemingway purportedly prevailed, although his authorship has never been clearly established, with the words “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Regardless of who wrote it, this abbreviated genre, frequently dubbed flash fiction or sudden fiction, has since taken on a life of it’s own resulting in contests, courses and even a number of books. The six word format has morphed into an endless variety of subtypes, Six Words of Love, Six Words for Children, Six Words for Travel,The Daily Six, you get the picture. The latest six word challenge was Six Words of Life Advice and that got me thinking.
And so it goes. By Thanksgiving I'll be ready for snow and by Valentine's Day I'll be praying for spring and from there I'll look forward to the languid days of summer, carefree and unscheduled, once again. In my life, in ways big and small, constant change happens in all things; seasons, relationships, work, my body, my mind, my writing. So I guess I am left with no other words of advice than these:
What Are Your Six Words of Life Advice?