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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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