Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Your life story, in six words

There was an article in the newspaper a few months ago about a writing contest that asked readers to capture their life story in 6 words. Sounds hard, right? It is. But the many examples published really inspired me to try.

Here are the ones I found most compelling. You’ll recognize some of the names:

Me see world, me write stories.
- Elizabeth Gilbert

Well, I thought it was funny.
-Stephen Colbert

Fifteen years since last professional haircut.
- Dave Eggers

Became my mother. Please shoot me.
- Cynthia Kaplan

Ex-wife and contractor now have house.
- Drew Peck

Found true love. Married someone else.
- Bjorn Stromberg

I did this assignment with my creative writers today and couldn’t believe how well they did. Just think; seniors on their way into the world. High school is ending in a week for these kids, and these show how they see themselves at this huge moment:

Don’t preach. Don’t demand. Just hug.

Read the books. Failed the class.

Down to earth. Head in clouds.

Wanna move out. Will miss mom.

I think I think too much.

Drive in circles when following clouds.

Here are mine (granted, by doing 6 separate ones I’m sort of cheating, but I couldn’t decide).

My life stories:


Teaching helps me remain a student.

Look what I can do now!

Life is bigger with my babies.

I’ll cook. You clean up, please.

Bread, vegetables, love, books, books, books.

Coffee on the porch, light wind.

4 comments:

Adrienne said...

here's one of my early attempts that feels pretty true:

i get better at being me.

Kelly Jane Dahl said...

Love those. And Adrienne, can I adopt yours?

aslindley1 said...

Lindley's Line:


Love, laugh, learn, linger, liberate, lollapalooza!

Kelly Jane Dahl said...

My voice rising above the others.