What are six-word memoirs?Six-word memoirs are a relatively new category of autobiography that fits perfectly into the speed of modern living. As the name suggests, they involve exactly six words. Beyond that, the rest is essentially up to you.
Authors of six-word memoirs have created pieces both sensational and simplistic. Some are profound and speak volumes of the events and emotions surrounding the words. All are deeply personal simply because they are six carefully chosen words that frame an individual. Consider this piece by musical artist Moby: “Dad died, mom crazy, me, too.” Or this astute one from comedian Stephen Colbert: “Well, I thought it was funny.”
A daily tool of reflectionWhile six-word memoirs can be written as singles, they have particular potency when used as a daily tool of reflection. A 10-minute session of writing a series of six-word memoirs can produce insightful gems. Sometimes the memoirs themselves aren’t the prize, but rather the recognition of what concept of ourselves is dominating our thoughts.
When we can clearly see how we view ourselves, particularly at different points in our timeline, it is easier to see how we fit into the grand scheme of our own lives. Recognizing that we behaved or responded in certain ways to challenges is key to improving and adapting our behaviour in the future.