I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Friday, September 24, 2010

Write From the Soul

One of the best ways to improve your writing is to read about the craft. (The best way, I think, is to keep writing, writing, and writing!)

Lately I've read about 6 word memoirs. The idea is to express important aspects of yourself, share your feelings or beliefs in only 6 words.

Not so easy for a wordy girl like me!

But I figured it's great practice for writing a book pitch. Yes, I know the pitch is 1-2 sentences. However, after you squeeze the essence into 6 words, you can always add more description, right?

Some of the samples were from kids. In fact, the suggestion was made to use this as a writing lesson in a classroom. You can read the finished short memoirs aloud and see if classmates can guess who it talks about.

The teacher in me still loves to find different ways to teach kids.....even if I don't have a classroom anymore.

Here are a few "kid samples"
        Math was made to torture me!
             Dogs are the world's best pets.
             Brother for sale;make an offer.

Here are a few about me.
        Sight is precious;use it wisely.
              Wish sweets were good for you!
              Family and friend make me smile
              No food comes close to chocolate!

So take the challenge....write a 6 word memoir about  yourself and share it with me.
It's a fun way to learn about each other :-)  


  1. Foster parenting can be so hard.
    Many writing ideas, not enough time.

  2. Short woman weds tall man. Pinnacle!

  3. Lisa Marie:
    Bless you for being a foster parent....I admire that so much! And I TOTALLY agree on the 'not enough time' for writing. I think something called 'life' gets in the way!
    Thanks for your response :-)

  4. Becky:
    Thanks for the response! You don't look short in your photo LOL. Must be because you're big on ideas and life!!!