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Six Word Story Challenge: Memory

Are you a person who remembers everything in just a second? Do you have a photographic memory? Or is remembering a problem? Some people live in the past, others only remember the last five minutes of their lives. Our memory is a strange phenomenon. You can’t see it, can’t touch it, but it is there, somewhere. One minute it hides in a corner of your mind, the next it pops up at inconvenient moments, like in the middle of the night.


image: Main Policy Institute

In psychology, memory is the process in which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved:

Encoding allows information that is from the outside world to reach our senses in the forms of chemical and physical stimuli. In this first stage we must change the information so that we may put the memory into the encoding process.

Storage is the second memory stage or process. This entails that we maintain information over periods of time.

Finally the third process is the retrieval of information that we have stored. We must locate it and return it to our consciousness. Some retrieval attempts may be effortless due to the type of information.

The challenge for you:

Write a story about MEMORY in just six words. Let a photo or image inspire you to write a story. Or first write the story, and then make or search for a picture to go with it.

Here’s a Six Word Story by Ernest Hemingway.


Such an impact and unseen images in only six words…

Publish your Six Word Story on your own website/blog and paste the link to that post in a comment to this one here at Figments. I will include your contribution in this post, forming a list of stories.

Will you join me? Will you? Say you do :D  And share the challenge news!

Have fun writing,



Who’s next? :)

I will post a new Six Word Story Challenge every other week on Wednesday – so the next one on September 11. On alternating Wednesdays you can visit my dear Sister from overseas’ website Marian Allen for her story challenges. Doe je liever mee in het Nederlands, ga dan naar Verbeeld een Verhaal in Zes Woorden: Geheugen.

Older stories:
130226 – Poverty
130313 – Spring
130327 – Writing

130410 – Light
130424 – Music
130515 – Transport
130529 – Pets
130612 – Regret
130616 – Inspiration
130703 – Commercials
30814 – Vacation



Caretaker of lads and cat. Writer. Typing away on my second feelgood novel, creating time during busy days, and nights if needed. Because I'd love to introduce you to the wonderful people who are living in my mind. Avid reader. RPGamer. No lady, but all woman.

32 thoughts on “Six Word Story Challenge: Memory

    1. Yo yo, yes, your mail is patiently waiting in my to-do mail box. I hope you can wait for a bit longer? *hugs* I just can’t seem to keep up with my e-mails, I’m so sorry. But don’t despair, I WILL answer to your call! 😀

      And oh studying hard, and when faced with an exam, you can’t remember a thing. The evil black hole. Good horror story, Sidd!


      1. Not pressurizing. I just wondered if you got it. Take your time and hope you are not overstrained! 😀


        And my 6WS, is something I gave from my own recent life. *evil chuckle*


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