Six-Word Autobiography


Most of you must have heard of six-word memoirs, an idea that famed out of proportion when launched by Smith Magazine.

Inspired by Ernest Hemmingway’s six-word story (the shortest story in the world) : “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” (which I don’t exactly get), the magazine ran a competition on Twitter for best six-word autobiography. 11,000 entries were received and a book deal secured.

When I first heard about it (at least 6 months ago) I thought it was fantastic, and have been meaning to write about it ever since. However, I had to have my six-word autobiography before that and man, IT’S TOUGH!

Anyhoo, for what it’s worth — here’s mine:

“Hippy trapped in ambitious Indian body.”

Bleh. I know. But seriously, it’s tough.

Here are some I like a lot (from NPR):

“Never really finished anything, except cake.” – Carletta Perkin

“Artist, disabled. Feeling mislabeled. Ambition tabled.” – Patrick Dentinger

“Former child star seeks love, employment.” – Justin D Taylor

“Not quite what I was planning” – title of the book

So what would yours be? Share it here if you feel like it!

8 thoughts on “Six-Word Autobiography

  1. “All I really want is pizza.”

  2. loud, silly, jet-setting hooligan seeks adventure

  3. Hi Abba

    I read the story behind “for sale: baby shoes, never worn” as being the story of parents who planned for the birth of a child and lost him/her. So in these short words you would have all the hope and then the sadness of a family.

    Like your 6 words autobiography. Mine could probably be “heart divided between France and England”

  4. No father. Son has good one.

  5. I like yours. Mine would be “Fun loving romantic seeking out truth”

  6. Ah ha..will think on Friday!!

  7. “Stickler for duty, connoisseur of beauty.”

  8. “Needs to know more about everything.”

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