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“The Blade Turned Into a Pen”—Six Words on the Creative Life

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

By Larry Smith

urbis-logo.pngUrbis is one of our favorite creative communities. Like SMITH, Urbis is powered by writers, and gets bigger and better with each submission. While our thing is nonfiction personal narrative, Urbis’ community of creatives tend to focus on fiction, poetry, and screenplays-in-progress, with lots of peer reviews and ranking to spur on competition. Now we’ve found the perfect mashup for SMITH and Urbis, a six-word challenge on “the creative life.” Over on Urbis, we call it, “Brevity is the Soul of It”: Six-Word Memoirs about the Creative Life, but I already prefer one of the submissions as a contest name: “The blade turned into a pen.” See if you can sum up your life as a writer, artist, swordsman, or raconteur in six well-chosen words. We’ll feature our favorites on Urbis and SMITH, give a few of you T-shirts, and maybe even scare up another book.

One more reason to love Urbis: founder Steve Spurgat is one snazzy dresser—just ask Esquire.

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13 responses

  1. Morghan says:

    failed at romance. how about sex?

  2. Morghan says:

    plot is dandy; brevity means fluidity.

  3. jle says:

    Soul for sale, never been used.

  4. Anonymous says:



    At Last!

  5. Abby says:

    My heart: never given, somehow broken…

  6. meggar says:

    Life, take it– or leave it.

  7. meggar says:

    Life, take it–or leave it.

  8. Crystal says:

    Born and burned, dying in flames.

  9. marcus says:

    Be careful ladies and gentlemen…I went over to urbis simply to enter this contest…and it sucked me in…it’s almost as addicting as this here place…

    I think my best entry was “writer at a loss for words”

  10. MeGo (Melissa Gould) says:

    Genius Grant lost in the mail.

  11. MeGo (Melissa Gould) says:

    Um, that should be a lower case “g” in “grant.”

  12. akelly10 says:

    My poet’s soul chose corporate America.

  13. akelly10 says:

    Dreams of “next Hemingway” rudely awakened.

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