The delicate task of selection and arrangement of words on a page—writing—is as vital to a wordsmith as breathing.
Much like a surgeon’s unwavering use of a scalpel, writers carefully trim their work to achieve effectiveness through concision—the hallmark of good writing.
Perhaps the most famous example of brevity is the heartbreaking six word story attributed to Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
In creating an assignment for my Life Harmony students—write your memoir in six words—I first had to craft my own. For those of you don’t know me well, I ran away from home when I was a sophomore in high school. My six word memoir:
“Left home walking, learned to soar.”
What is your six word memoir?
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
— Laurie Buchanan
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