SixTeens have a lot to say

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At the top of our Six Words homepage, right beside Topics, is the recently-added tab: Teens. This section features Six-Word Memoirs just like the ones throughout our site, except these memoirs have been crafted by teens and for teens. These young adults are the main players in the “heads-down culture,” who seem to have their eyes forever glued to a screen. However, these same tech-obsessed teenagers are experiencing love, facing challenges and forming dreams. SixTeens gives young thinkers a place to address their experiences and take on the very world that’s influencing them.

These Teen Sixers aren’t going unnoticed, either. In a recent post, Six-Word Memoirist G_Austin pointed out what we at Six Words have known all along—teens have a lot to say and plenty that’s worth reading. Click the memoir to check out his backstory with some recent SixTeens favorites:Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 1.05.00 AM

They sure do. At times it’s surprising that some of these Sixes come from teens, while it’s clear there are some observations only a teen could make. Here are just a few examples, each with backstories and a peek into just what it’s like to be a teen today.


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Our teen writers have been so impressive that we have two books in the Six-Word Memoir series featuring teens and students:

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Teens can click here to start crafting memoirs and reading posts from like-minded youth from across the country and worldwide. And adults will find SixTeens is a great conversation starter with a group that is notoriously reluctant to talk (outside of their peers). For teens who have something to say but don’t know where to begin, SixTeens is a great place to start! —McKenzie Merriman

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Top Six Inspirations for your Resolutions

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2015 is here and with it comes the opportunity to set new goals for the year! In SixContest #43, we asked the Six Words community to tell us what inspires your resolutions. Your motivations were heartfelt and often humorous—we loved them all, but only Six revelations made our list:

6. “Looking to cat for inspiration. Naps!” –terpy

5. “Dad is gone; make him proud.” –Poozie

4. “Pushing 70 for all it’s worth.” –TeaTopper

3. ”Work. Turn the dreams into reality.” –JoanTerra

2. “That photo someone took from behind.” –catsmeow

And the top entry from SixContest #43 is…

1. “Finally get it together. Define ‘it.’” –MartiGirl

Good luck to everyone as you find the willpower to keep your resolutions! Congrats to MartiGirl and thanks to everyone who joined in the fun. Whether in our SixContests, on FacebookInstagramTwitterTumblr or at sixwordmemoirs.com—keep on Sixing!

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Memoirist of the Month—January 2015: Jonathan Sjørdal

“Six-Word Memoirs is a bit of a writer’s dream. Imagine giving would-be writers the opportunity to get published immediately, several times a day, and then to get feedback and encouragement immediately from several different sources. Add to that recognition in various forms and you certainly have the recipe for a healthy addiction.”

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Name: Jonathan Sjørdal

Place: Charlottesville, Virginia

SMITH Member since: July, 2008

Whatever the topic, Jonathan Sjørdal enjoys wordplay and has a knack for seeing Sixes in the world around him. Known fondly by our community as Jugggler, his creative agility is easily recognized—whether through his “6×6” backstory in honor of Robin Williams (“High price of manic is depressing”) or via the momentum of his beloved chain of Sixes (“Six-chain: Start with the last word…” is our “most commented” memoir to date!). Jonathan doesn’t shy away from getting political (“Regretting it like an Obama voter”), motivated by a penchant for thought-provoking debate. The vast majority of his Sixes reveal a sentimental man (“Their Prom kiss lasted 57 years”) whose main focus is his family (“Built my dream for my children.”). Congratulations to Jonathan Sjørdal who kicks off the New Year as our Memoirist of the Month for January 2015. With nearly 1,400 memoirs to date, Jonathan has many options for his custom t-shirt, thanks to our friends at Spreadshirt. Learn more about Jugggler and his abundance of backstories as he answers our Six Questions: 

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The Top Six Holiday Season Wishes

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It seems fitting that the so-called “most wonderful time of the year” ultimately caps off the year itself. To honor the holiday spirit, we asked Sixers to share their “wishes” in SixContest #42, which featured entries to make both Tiny Tim and the Grinch crack a smile. As we bid adieu to 2014, here are the Top Six holiday wishes from the Six Words community:

6. “Have an American embassy in Cuba.” —TwoBillionSecondsOld

5. “New traditions to match new life.” by UUBikerChick

4. “Renewed spirit and replenished bank account.” —paristexas

3. “Dear paper, please write yourself perfect.” —Midnight

2. “Wish new beard would quit itching.” —CuzinVin

And the top entry from SixContest #42 is…

1. “Bring everyone a sense of humor.” —@cailinAolain (via Twitter)

Congrats to @cailinAolain and thanks to everyone who joined in the fun! Whether in our SixContests, on FacebookInstagramTwitterTumblr or at sixwordmemoirs.comkeep on Sixing!

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“Degree for Christmas! Never give up.”—The Best Six-Word Memoirs of the Week

Best Sixes Image 20141219Seems you can’t think about the holidays without talking about gift giving. As we’ve seen in this week’s Sixes, presents are on everyone’s mind. Whether you devote money or time (“More gift wrapper than gift ripper.”), gifting seems to consume all of our resources (“Dollar. Christmas. Leggings. In final stretch.”). Sometimes the very best gifts are the ones we give ourselves (“Degree for Christmas! NEVER give up.”). However you celebrate this holiday season, may you find joy in giving, receiving, and achieving. —Shauna Greene

Most Sincere:Gifts: more about heart than sparkle.” —lillybrook

Greatest Seasonal Challenges: “Dollar. Christmas. Leggings. In final stretch.” —Contemplative

Most Benevolent:More gift wrapper than gift ripper.” —JAD

Best-and-Least Prepared: “All presents wrapped. Still no tree.” —ChewyD2

Best Narrative Arc:Trimming money tree of debt-free cheer.” —PoeticPisces

Greatest reward:Degree for Christmas! NEVER give up.” —ton

Plus! What’s on your wish list? Tell us your “Six-Word Wishes for the Holiday Season.” This SixContest ends Friday, 12/29 at 3pm ET!

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Top Six Intros to your Novel

SixContest41-01Like seeds planted on the page, each Six-Word start to your novel opened itself up to a larger story. With nearly 500 memoirs shared in SixContest #41 , there’s no doubt our Sixers have countless books in the making. Although each one was tantalizing to the literary taste buds—our top list, as always, is just Six:

6. “She never traveled without her regrets.” —favepeep

5. “Being a magician made life difficult.” —rsqdogsmom

4. “We met under General MacArthur’s hat.” —steelponypoet

3. “Telling the truth wasn’t an option. —Neesha101

2. “Everything was pristine. Except the smell. —ardentwanderer

And the top entry from SixContest #41 is…

1. “They buried the baby on Sunday.” by SouthPorch*

Congrats to SouthPorch and thanks to everyone who joined in the fun! Whether in our SixContests, on Facebook, InstagramTwitterTumblr or at sixwordmemoirs.com—keep on Sixing!

Ed. Note: here’s the gripping backstory from our winning entry. “My grandmother (Meme) kept a diary every year of her marriage and my mother inherited them. Although I haven’t had the chance to read through them yet, (my mother gets to read them first) Mom shares tidbits of interest when she comes across them. We always knew Meme and Granddad’s second child died during a traumatic birth. The baby was too large and was born in the little farmhouse they were renting from the man Granddad farmed for. A doctor was present but could do nothing but help her deliver the baby who suffocated in the process. The experience left my grandmother unable to have more children of her own. The diary entry for the day after the birth tells how Granddad and a few others buried the baby in the nearby prairie cemetery. Meme was unable to attend, and Granddad never spoke of the baby again. I have always believed the tough, rather coarse, unforgiving and surprisingly giving individual Meme was would make a great character for a novel set in the 1930s Midwest.”

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“You are somebody’s sunshine. Burn bright.” The Best Six-Word Memoirs of the Week

Best Sixes ending 20141212 imageThe sun guides our days and influences our lives. As daylight hours wane and winter sets in, this week’s Sixes showcase our intrigue with the sun. It can be a figurative beacon (“You are somebody’s sunshine; burn bright.”), a literal guide (“Following the sunset along Route 66.”) or a visual reward (“Sundogs, colored ribbons in the sky.”). With its constant return, the sun energizes both our world and our words. —Shauna Greene

Best observation:Sundogs, colored ribbons in the sky.” –canadafreeze

Most encouraging: “You are somebody’s sunshine. Burn bright.” –kmagnis

Hardest-hitting: “The sun doesn’t come up sometimes.” ­–saberg

Most poetic: “Sunlight’s warmth caresses my crouched back.” –gwen91014

Best narrative arc: “He’s not interested; sun’s kept rising.” –TaliaKE

Best itinerary: “Following the sunset along Route 66.” –CindyT

Plus! Last chance to enter SixContest #41! We don’t need the whole story…just the “First Six Words of Your Novel.” Contest ends Friday, December 12, 3pm ET.

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You + Six Words = #SixWordSelfie

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In honor of our 8th anniversary, Team Six Words is launching a new Instagram account. We want to see YOUR best Six-Word Selfies! Here’s how to participate:

1) Open Instagram (or download the app & sign-up, it’s easy!)

2) Follow @SixWordSelfie

3) Take one of your own original Six-Word Memoirs—then write it on a piece of paper, wear it on a t-shirt, or find another fun, personalized way to turn your Six Words into a #SixWordSelfie

4) Once you’re happy with your #SixWordSelfie, post it to Instagram—remember to tag us (@SixWordSelfie) and include the hashtag #SixWordSelfie in the caption

We’ll repost our favorites to our @SixWordSelfie Instagram profile, and your Six-Word Selfie could be featured on our Twitter and Facebook page or in a future Six Words Weekly newsletter!

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“Written Off. Writing Myself Back In.”—Best Six-Word Memoirs of the Week

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When it comes to writing, it can be difficult drawing the line between the work and the writer. And as every writer knows, your work is never done after the first draft. This week we saw that Sixers are skillful editors, be it in their work or in their lives (“Living is about rewriting, revising adventures.”). Whatever fuels your need to edit, these Sixes show the fiery spirit that keeps us willing to revise as needed.
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Most Progressive: “Only looking foward, done looking back.” –laschaefer79
Best Substitution: “Move over Worry, you’re being replaced!” –Solstice22
Most Gumption: “Written off. Writing myself back in.” –JohnBigJohn
Best Revision: “Editing my inner circle. Deleting negativity.”  –Susan_Breeden
Closest connection to page: “Living is about rewriting, revising adventures.” Nol_Martin-tungpala
Best advice: “Time deletes but writing saves memories.” –BanjoDan

Plus! Every story has a beginning, what’s yours? Share your intro in our current SixContest: “First Six Words of your novel” by Friday, 12/12 by 3pm ET!

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Memoirist of the Month—December 2014: Sandra Raub

I love wordplay and especially enjoy the give and take of SMITH. I usually visit several times a day via the Six Words app. I read through new postings, comment or tag favorites and I always check on ADHDean’s “Random Word of the Day.”

Name: Sandra Raub

Place: Northeastern Pennsylvania

SMITH Member since: February 2012

Sandi Raub is playful in life as well as in her Sixes. Known as accidentaltourist, Sandi’s 2,000+  memoirs are filled with mischievously delightful images and backstories (“Red shoes and fishnets. Dancing’s mandatory.”). Some of Sandi’s most compelling stories are about loss, including recent tributes about her father (“Broken heart, badly set, healed crooked.”). No matter the subject, her poetic nature always shines through (“Scribbling poetry in sudoku book margins.”). Our congratulations to Sandi Raub as our Memoirist of the Month for December—we’re curious to see which six words she’ll put on her quality T-shirt, care of our friends at Spreadshirt. Learn more about the woman behind the memoirs as Sandi answers our six questions:

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