Monday, September 13th, 2010
Defining your life in exactly six words can be the easiest thing in the world, or a seemingly impossible challenge. We’ve had bestselling memoirists take months to come up with a Six-Word Memoir they were happy with (seriously, one high-lit, household name sent in updates about his progress every couple months), while some of our SMITH Teeners zip out dozens at a time (and hundreds each day). All the while, teachers regularly ask us for our tips (note to teachers: contact us if you’d like our free Six-Word Memoir lesson plan), and someone from Yahoo! Answers recently asked the world, “Can anyone tell me how to write a Six-Word Memoir?” This short video—cribbed from Rachel Fershleiser’s “Six Tips” document—is the wonderful work of frequent Howcast.com animator Ben Oviatt, with an assist by SMITH’s own Lisa Qiu. Click, watch—and share your own Six-Word Memoir.