Challenge yourself: Write your story in six words.

In November 2006, writer and editor Larry Smith issued a challenge to fans of his Web  publication, SMITH  Magazine. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s legendary shortest of short  stories (“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn”), Smith asked his readers to  describe their lives in six words. The Six-Word Memoir contest officially ended  after a month, but the stories kept coming. Five years on, participants have  contributed more than half a million mini-memoirs. Smith has published five  compilations of the intensely personal accounts and continues his online quest  to spark the creativity of aspiring writers. “There is inspiration everywhere,”  he says. “Even if you don’t think you’re a storyteller, you are.”

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