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The Art of Six-Word Memoirs
Transcript of The Art of Six-Word Memoirs
Comparing and Contrasting Memoirs
Both six-word memoirs and memoirs share the common tie where both are focused on a memory.
The two genres describe a memory with human characteristics, such as emotion and creativity.
However, the creative margin of a six-word memoir is much greater than a memoir because of its format and limited word choice.
Introduction to Memoirs
Why are Six-Word Memoirs important and how can they be used outside of Writing?
Six-Word Memoirs can used to practice creativity, word choice, and sentence fluency.
Six-Word Memoirs are way for writers to express their feelings and memories.
Six-word memoirs can be used to show events that happened in the past in a short way that does not bore the reader.
For example, instead of reading a hefty book of memoirs, you could check out a book with six-word memoirs.
It would be easier for the reader, because if they are doing a project, they do not need to read a giant book filled with that could be repetitive and boring.
Example of a Six Word Memoir
Notable Examples of Memoir
A Collection of Six-Word Memoirs from Peers
Bad to the bone stomach turning.
Trembling blank walls, stitches and sobs.
New Addition, New concerns, New family.
Mastering wheels, the freedom is endless.
Home free we thought to be.
One thousand eyes, all on me.
Was the prize really worth everything?
Training and distress, exchanged for sorrow.
What is a Memoir?
Dictionary definition: "A memoir is a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge or specific sources." In other words, a memoir is a memory conveyed in a personal story that strays from a biography or autobiography with the inclusion of emotion, specific details, voice, tone, and creativity. The memory being written about is usually relevant only to the author. However, readers are still interested in the memoir because of its originality and unique perspective from the author's point of view.
Notable Examples of Memoir
What is a Six-Word Memoir?
A six-word memoir is a depiction of a memory that includes emotion, intrigue, and creativity.
A six-word memoir, much like a memoir, tells a memorable story or experience.
The six-word memoir includes effective punctuation that conveys a memory, but just enough to allow the reader to form his or her predictions about the event.
However, the defining part of a six-word memoir is that it is entirely composed of six compatible words that relate to each other.
Writing the Six-Word Memoir
Think of a memorable memory, personal to you.
Establish the importance and main idea of the memory, and what you want the reader to know.
After coming up with a memory, start experimenting.
Write out a sentence about the topic and narrow it down to a few words.
Use descriptive vocabulary to describe the memory.
Add emotional words and make the reader feel the way you did.
Modify punctuation to organize your memory, so the reader knows how to approach the memoir.
Avoid being too vague, or too revealing. Try finding a balance between the actual memory and what you want the reader to infer.
Once finished, decorate the six-word memoir using fonts and pictures.
Make sure the memoir is six-words.
The Six-Word Memoir is a creative way to express a memory.
Six-Word Memoirs require emotion, exquisite word choice, and powerful punctuation.
Learning to write a six-word memoir requires patience and practice.
Make each of the six words count.
Punctuation- While writing six-word memoirs, writers learn to use punctuation effectively. Punctuation is important because it adds invaluable emotion and tone to the writing piece. For example, punctuation could add suspense and excitement to a memoir with the use of ellipsis and exclamation marks.
Acquired Skill: Punctuation
Emotion- Because a six-word memoirs emphasize emotion, writers learn how to spread one or multiple feelings through the memoir using language and punctuation. Writers learn to capture memories with emotions such as fear, excitement, anxiety, or joy. Applying emotion to writing is not easily mastered, but six-word memoirs do introduce the concept of emotion to beginners.
Fluency- Fluency is important because, by putting words that mesh well together, the memoir will become cohesive and poetic. As seen in the pre-writing process, writers experiment with multiple six-word memoirs of the same memory. As a result, an understanding of fluency develops when the writer starts narrow down the choices to one single six-word memoir.
Editing- Editing is the process in writing where the writer improves his or her writing by revising any rough drafts. Likewise, writers practice editing by writing six-word memoirs because the memoirs require changes in punctuation, word choice and fluency in order to be acceptable. Writers learn to cut out, improve, and alter parts of their six-word memoir to best convey a memory.
Word Choice- Word Choice is important because the words being used in the six-word memoir determine the thoughts and emotions being conveyed. Word choice sets the foundation of a memoir, and the words must be chosen carefully. The writer learns to balance word usage to prevent revealing too much or too little of a memory.
Acquired Skill: Word Choice
Acquired Skill: Fluency
Acquired Skill: Emotion
Acquired Skill: Editing
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" Left whole; came back in pieces."
The above sentence is a six-word memoir because...
The memoir is conveyed in six, careful words
Meaningful punctuation is displayed by a semicolon.
The memoir stirs emotions of worry and sympathy within the reader.
The reader wonders the meaning of "came back in pieces."
The memoir sets up a feeling of darkness and devastation.
Non-Example of a Six-Word Memoir
"I quickly walked to the park with friends"
The above sentence is not a six-word memoir because...
It is not six words.
The word choice is not descriptive or meaningful.
The only punctuation is a period.
The memory being shared is not worthy of being written as a six-word memoir.
The reader does not need to infer.
The memoir has no emotion or intrigue at all.
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