Six Words

November 13, 2012

By Gabrielle.

If you only had six words to use, how would you write your life story? That’s task number one for an intense Chicago writing workshop led by Wade Rouse, with only one instruction given: Write as if your parents are dead. (I imagine that frees some people to write more honestly, but I’d rather have both parents with me and write less freely!)

Some of the responses from the assignment: Traveled world, wrote much, lost pen…Love to see my plants bloom…Always on the verge of something…I get writer’s block over six…My heart is where Bob is.

I realize I write blog posts every day, but I still identify more as a designer than a writer — and this exercise intimidates me! I was swimming in my kids over the last 2 weeks while they were on a school break, so my answer today would simply be Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty, June. : )

How about you? Are you invigorated by the challenge? Six words, Friends. Go!

P.S. — Pretend you’re using a golden pencil!

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelly November 13, 2012 at 8:48 am

I tried to follow Jesus Christ.


2 Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

My aspirational one? More of an epitaph, perhaps, than a life story because it’s something of a life’s work:

Made the most of every moment.


3 val November 13, 2012 at 8:56 am

Wow! I’m inspired by both Kelly and Kate’s responses…. and now I have “six words” writer’s block. Can’t wait to see what others come up with :)


4 kristin November 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

i am in love with life


5 Gina November 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

Life shared with family is sweet. You could also replace family for friends or anyone else… for me it would definitely be my husband and little boy. I also like Kristin’s reply above.


6 Paula November 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

I have always wanted my epitaph to be — I loved and am loved, abundantly.


7 Rachel November 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

Consumed in heart, soul, and mind.

I’ve been thinking about writing a lot lately and giving myself small writing assignments. So perfect!


8 Cathy November 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

I believe in my lucky star.


9 Linda K November 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

Oh so tired but very happy.


10 Katie November 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

Her own quiet evolution evolved humanity.


11 Molly November 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

I am still figuring it out!


12 Maria November 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

Chris, Taylor, Tegan Happily Ever After.


13 Maria November 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

Or more eloquently:

I found my happily ever after.



14 Amesy November 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

I’ve lived, I’ve learned, I’ve loved.


15 Geralyn Murray November 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

Mama, wife, writer. Aiming for grace.


16 Gisela November 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

My family is my biggest treasure.


17 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag November 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

Together forever always, Melissa, Andrew, Julia.

SO HARD! what a fascinating writing experiment!


18 BKC November 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

Big dreams, small life, still content.


19 Andrea November 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm



20 Em November 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

Still trying to change the world!

Seriously though I love the one above, sometimes I feel me life is so small but I am happy.


21 Aline November 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Counting the blessings and being grateful.


22 Amy Christie November 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I love this! And the responses above as fabulous. I’m not sure of my quite yet but kristin’s is pretty close to what I’m going for. I am in love with life. :)


23 Miranda November 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Expected miracles, got what she expected.

What a fantastic exercise!

ps I can’t wait for that day when my six words can all be sweet children…or maybe a few children, a husband, and a dog;)


24 Megan M. November 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Letting insecurity win since the 1980s.

It sounds like a slogan for a very sad business. LOL


25 Kate L. November 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

There’s no place like home.


26 tijana November 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I think that mine would be “More than yesterday, less than tomorrow.” :) It’s not originally mine, its borrowed but I like it a lot plus it fits the exercise. :)


27 jenny also November 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

In my head and my heart


28 Liz November 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

What a fantastic, thought-provoking exercise! Thank you for sharing the link to the article.

I’m a former military brat (who lived in Taiwan and Germany as a child), late bloomer (I married at 35 and had my first child at 38), and another aspiring writer (I started a writers’ group several years ago). So here’s mine: satiated wanderlust, settling down, starts writing


29 Jennie November 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

love it Liz!


30 Tasha November 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

This isn’t mine but it popped in my head LOL:
A kid at heart, old fart…sorry guys
Grace and whimsy, humbly with strength
Young at heart, love art
Love and respect all life forms
(I am…) grace, whimsy, faith, love, honesty, courage
With God I can do anything!

okay this IS hard…still thinking…♥


31 Niki Kelly November 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

“I came to live out loud”

From the Emile Zola quote:
If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.


32 Nicole November 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

I really like this :)


33 Melissa November 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

open mind, full heart, peripatetic soul ~


34 danielle (aka the jealous curator) November 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Greg and Charlie gave me purpose.


35 Kate Coates November 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, student


36 Marie November 14, 2012 at 2:54 am

Remembering always this too will change


37 Maria November 14, 2012 at 8:05 am

Love this one.


38 Lili November 14, 2012 at 3:37 am

Watching the world with children eyes.


39 Jackie November 14, 2012 at 3:44 am

The beginning, the middle, the end.


40 Jane November 14, 2012 at 6:30 am

I dreamed of becoming a mom.


41 Dee November 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

Everything I need is right here.


42 Corinne November 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Hard to choose just one. Right now our family slogan is Learn, Do, Be– wish I could think of something pretty about learning, doing, becoming.

What I hope for:

Stood for something, loved everyone, lived.

Noticed the unnoticed, friended the friendless.

Love all the answers. Thanks for inspiring me, Gabby and everyone else! (I loved your answer Gabby– so beautiful)


43 Jennie November 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Kindness breeds happiness tears, and fulfillment.


44 Gayletrini November 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

To breathe clearly for my four.


45 Christina November 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm

One tired mom trying her best


46 Nicole November 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

It’s always getting better and better.


47 Anita November 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

I wonder where the years went. (I’ll be sixty-one in two days.)


48 Anita November 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

It’s difficult to choose just six words. My mother had a good one. (She grew up during the Great Depression.) She is with God now, so I’m saying this one for her.

Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.


49 Anita November 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

Learning something new from a child.


50 Hannah November 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

Bad at following instructions


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