Six-Word Memoirs

Today, I listened to Forum hosted by Michael Krasny. Here is the description of the radio broadcast with the editors of Smith Magazine about their new book It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure.

The book is described as being “funny and bittersweet, witty and wild, or downright tragic, these addictive life stories are both monumental and minuscule. Six-word memoirs have become a global phenomenon, offering anyone and everyone a telling peek at humanity and a chance to find the writer within.”

Six-Word Memoirs – Forum interview hosted Michael Krasny

“When asked to sum up his life in six words, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt came up with the following: “The miserable childhood leads to royalties.” McCourt’s micro-memoir is among the many collected in a new book “It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure.” We’ll talk to the Smith Magazine editors who compiled the volume, and we want to hear your six-word memoir.” Listen to the radio interview and watch the video story:

This has me thinking how challenging it must be to carefully choose out of the whole of human language a half-dozen words to sum up one’s life, a moment or an event in six words. This exercise might come quite easy to some and incredibly difficult for others.

After ruminating on this for a while, what I thought would be insanely difficult turned out to be sudden enlightenment. Of course! My six-word memoir could serve as my life’s can-do mantra, tagline, prayer and my way-in-the-future-to-be-inscribed epitaph: No better time than right now.

Can you crystallize your life in six words? I invite you to add your six-word memoir in the comment section below. You can also submit your six-word memoir at

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