Start Writing and Journaling Six Word Memoirs

sixwordmemoirbookMuch of journal writing is memoir. And though you may never write a memoir, your journal, and a site called SixWordMemoirs.com can help you preserve the details of your life for years to come.

SixWordsMemoirs is a creative word site in which you write and add six word sentences or phrases that capture bits and pieces of you life, thoughts, dreams, and aspirations. The beauty of SixWordMemoirs is that it doesn’t require a lot of writing time, but yet it can be a powerful form of creative expression.

Sample Six Word Memoir

SixWordMemoirs contains probably millions of “sixes”, but here are a few samples to give you an idea:

My Grandmother proudly wore combat boots.

Will miss your talent, E.L. Doctorow.

Retaining lawyer. Things just got real.

Catholic school backfired. Sin is in!

Joined Army. Came out. Got booted.

Painful nerd kid, happy nerd adult.

Black lives do indeed matter. 2015

Dad died, son became a man.

Watched you take your last breath.

My head, always in a book.

Mom: she never hurt anyone. Ever.

Spent high school waning her. Stupid.

“It’s all in your head.”…unhelpful

Writing Sixes

After registering an account on SixWordMemoirs, it’s easy to write and add your sixes, which can also be edited and even shared on social network spaces. The site provides topical sections and contests for ideas and inspiration, and managing sixes.

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There’s really no rules when it comes to SixWordMemoirs, but I think they work best when you write about specific events, people, experiences, and thoughts, such as, Found $20 when I needed it. I also recently thought about writing bits of current news that are important to my life. Two recent sixes I wrote, include: 9 murdered in Charleston. God absent, and Gay marriage legalized. June 26, 2015. 

I’ve had my SixWordMemoirs since 2010, but have only posted 141 sixes so far. Thus, I’ve decided to start visiting the site every Friday or Saturday and posting a few sixes. Eventually I would like to collect them all in a personal book.

Your Dream Vacation in Six Words

963554SixWordMemoirs also holds a weekly contest, which is really not about winning, but as a way to inspire you to write related memories. This week’s contest topic is Six Word Dream Vacation, which ties in with this month’s NaJoWriMo theme.

If you responded to the NaJoWriMo prompts this month, you no doubt have lots of memories about travel, which you could use for writing several sixes on this topic.

Journaling Sixes

One thing SixWordMemoirs is that it’s not, I don’t think, a private site. So whatever you publish there is open to the public. If you concerned about privacy, you can of course use your journal to write sixes. I typically copy and tag my sixes from my SixWordMemoirs into my digital journal so I can have them backed up to another place besides the website.

Let me know what you think of SixWordMemoirs. Do you think it useful for journal writing?

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Bakari Chavanu

is the creator of NaJoWriMo, and is the author of the interactive iBook, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life