Writing Challenge: Your Life Story In Six Words Or Less

Since I have been raving so much about flash fiction, I was quite excited when I recently stumbled upon this little challenge, the goal of which is to write your life story in six words or less. I found the idea on uncustomary.org, and thought I’d give it a try!

I’ve seen some wonderful six word stories over the years. The one that always stands out for me is:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
-Ernest Hemingway

It seemed more challenging though to write something about my own life, a personal short story.

After some thought, I decided on:

Books: welcomed escape and seized opportunity

This is a very personal challenge, but was fun nonetheless.  I would loved to have had even one or two more words, but the restrictive word limit means you have to be extra diligent!

I’ve always written and read, and it has been cathartic for me through childhood and still is today.  Perhaps too much escapism isn’t good but without books I wouldn’t have grown my enthusiasm for learning, and wouldn’t have been able to complete my degree.

What would your six word story be?  Post your thoughts in the comments below!


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  1. May 26, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    Oh wow, I love it! I’m so glad you decided to try this and included a link back so I could see it!

    • May 26, 2015 / 11:07 pm

      You’re most welcome! Thank you for sharing the idea initially, it was a really fun little challenge.

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