In Six Words: Backstories

From the folks behind the Six-Word Memoir project, a series of writing prompts and wordplay games in six words and more.


6 Words or Less; 6 Breaths or Less

Life or Death


Hair brushed against pale skin. Dead to the world.


Owed to the Word

Past. Present. And, tenseless


I had written this some time back. A bit here, some lots there. However, some compulsions revisit in a grand new avatar…


Sniffed, discovered, chased, realized big mistake


“Came, saw, conquered, had second thoughts.” — Harold Ramis

It is dark. “Darker than the inside of a dog,” said my human when she let me outside tonight. Which seems a funny thing to say. Are dogs darker on the inside than other creatures? I am just a dog, so I don’t know about such things. To me it is just dark.


Nuts!

“Came, saw, conquered, had second thoughts”


Public speaking terrified me. Yet, I always felt a tug that pulled me towards teaching English.

I majored in English by default. Like most freshman, I entered college with the desire to major in Psychology. So I took Psychology 101 and received a D+. Perhaps part of the reason for the low grade was…


Six-Word Memoir Backstory Challenge #3: “Came, saw, conquered, had second thoughts,” by Harold Ramis

When asked to write a Six-Word Memoir, comedy legend Harold Ramis…


Skype Face


“Love almost always leads to heartbreak.”
—Raoul Felder, Esq.

She had read to her lover on Skype. She had cried to her lover on Skype. She had made love to her lover on Skype. She had held out her hand and tried to caress her lover’s Skype face, leaving dirty fingerprints on her screen.


Long Division

Where there were two, carry the one.


Where there were two, are one. And then two again, you’d said, ticking off the numbers across my clenched fist. And we’re right here — you point to a cleft — in between.

I am on a plane. A little girl across the aisle asks, “Are we flying yet?” She holds her mother’s hand. Her legs kick in the air…


My Moon Landing


Love almost always leads to heartbreak.

I wasn't supposed to still be there when we met. Mike and I had been out for pre-dinner drinks, dinner, and a single…


The Pink Dress

Six Word Backstory Challenge #2: Love + Heartbreak


“Love almost always leads to heartbreak.”


Almost Nothing Was Under My Control

How to write or not write an awesome backstory


Almost nothing was under my control. True. But this! THIS! This backstory could be! It would be the most awesome backstory. Joel Stein would read it and, with dramatic flair toss down his reading glasses (an assumption, but hey, he’s over 40), and announce he need not read further…


Almost Nothing Was Under My Control

A 1500-word answer to the 6-word prompt to write Joel Stein’s backstory in 600 words


Iris

The Color of Heartbreak


Love almost always leads to heartbreak — or rather, maybe just this love did. He was tapping his fingers relentlessly. His blue eyes staring out the window as dawn broke on the other side of the glass. He was listless and exhausted. My own eyes were burning with the tingly sensation that begged for sleep. We had been up all night. The…


Date a girl who works

The Prologue


“Love almost always leads to heartbreak…” — Raoul Felder

“…until you meet the last one.” — Yujin Chung


The Married Man

“Love almost always leads to heartbreak.”


My “backstory” to the Six-Word Back Story contest


Edward leaves Anne

Love almost always leads to heartbreak — if it doesn’t you’ve done something terribly wrong. 


A Slightly Different Take on Heartbreak

“Love almost always leads to heartbreak.”


“Everyone has at least one great story about love or heartbreak.” This was a recent Twitter post from Six Word Memoirs.

How would that make a 40 year old person feel if she never experienced real love?


Shoot for the Stars

Love & Heartbreak Valentine’s Day Contest


What were once two, are one. Because I recently ended my relationship, I saw this as, what once was a couple, has now become singles. What once was a pair of lovers is now a lonely single. And yet, I am not lonely. Our relationship was passionate, but not right. I took risks, but found the future not what…


Six-Word Backstory Challenge #2: Love & Heartbreak from George Saunders & Raoul Felder

Respond to one of these two Six-Word Memoirs in 600 words or less and tell your story about love or hearbreak.


Six-Word Memoirs from SMITH Magazine has launched a new “backstory” challenge on Medium. Here’s how it works:


Bricks


Almost nothing was under my control.

In an instant, my first lesson in gravity was painfully delivered.

In Six Words: Backstories
In Six Words: Backstories

From the folks behind the Six-Word Memoir project, a series of writing prompts and wordplay games in six words and more.

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