Jul 11 2012 | 4 Comments
CAN YOU DO IT IN SIX WORDS?
From making some impact in 140 characters on Twitter, to the now famous “What is your elevator pitch?” meaning if you have three minutes in an elevator with someone can you sell a complete story; we continue to redact the amount of time it takes to get our point across, entertain, amuse and enlighten.
And if you think three minutes or 140 characters was getting right to the point there is a site out there where you get six words to tell it all.
Back in 2006 in partnership with Twitter, Smith came up with the online challenge asking people if “They could tell their life story in six words?”
Six being the number, six years later the Six-Word Memoir project is now responsible for five best selling books, (OK so they have one more to go) micro-story telling nights, not unlike The Moth only shorter, that take place all over the country and a vibrant website where people log on and give their six words on every topic from love, death, parents, parenting, child rearing, conceiving, dating, you name it Larry has six word memoired it.
I met Larry at an Internet conference a few years ago. He kindly invited me to be a storyteller at their next event. I wasn’t aware at the time of what an honor that was. Those spots fill up fast. I had to decline as I was mid book tour and I knew I could not do a good job under pressure. Now, I kind of wish I had tried.
Though I signed up with SmithMag and every now and then would log on and try and say something pithy and profound in six words.
Though like many sites I have joined, I do and did forget to make a habit of it. Even though every time I did it I not only found it entertaining but I flexed some muscle in my brain coming up with my six-word wonder.
While I had not gone on the site in sometime I was telling someone the other day that they should do it. So I decided to do as I say and I logged on and typed one in.
I was surprised and thrilled beyond belief when I got an email from Larry the next day saying he had added a word as I only typed in five – how me, leaving whole words out of blogs is one thing, but leaving whole words out of something that is only comprised of six words is beyond stupid. Anyway, Larry saw something in my five words, added a word and made it the memoir of the day.
This got me very back in a six-word memoir state of mind and I figured it was worth sharing with all of you.
So if you are feeling six wordy or want to see what others are saying in six words, log on to SmithMag and tell it like it is but keep it short, but not too short!