A Six-Word Memoir® is the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words.

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Here on Six Words, we offer a simple platform to share the short, sharp story of your life, as well as provide daily prompts to share your six-word takes on the topics of our times.

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Right now, I'm reading:
Modern American Memoirs.

My favorite story of all time is:
I've read too much to have a good (read: single) answer to this question.

In bed I like to read:
Old-fashioned books - meaning, non-electronic format. Although my writing focuses on nonfiction and I primarily read essays, I also love novels and short stories.

Besides SMITH, I read stories at:
Brevity, upstreet, damselfly press, Vine Leaves, The Writer's Chronicle, and others...just about anything that strikes my fancy.

If you were to throw up your hands in exasperation and yell "it's the story of my life," what would you be talking about?
Wardrobe malfunctions

What six words would I tell my teen self if I could go back in time?
Worrying delivers neither promise nor prevention.

The song that encapsulates the soundtrack of my life is?
Brandi Carlile's "That Wasn't Me."

If I could have one person read my writing on SMITH it would be?
Again, I admire too many authors to have a single answer to this question. (read: I'm non-commital and indecisive)

MandyForbes’s Latest Memoir of 17

“Falls in love easily. Never learns.”

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