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 And share the challenge news!
Have fun writing,
READ THE MEMORY STORIES OF:
- ThisCornerOfTheWoods – Six Word Story Challenge: Memory
- Marian Allen: I’m not guilty. It never happened.
- Figments of a DuTchess: 6WSC: Memory
- Hugmamma’s MIND, BODY and SOUL: six word story challenge: memory
- Indira’s Blog: Six Word Story Challenge: Memory
- Masadiso79’s Blog: Six Word Story Challenge: Memory
- Mormors klagemur: Six Word Story Challenge
- Crackerberries: Growing Older
- Sidd: Leaves me when needed the most!
- Peter Bouchier: Sea you
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.
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130410 – Light
130424 – Music
130515 – Transport
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130612 – Regret
130616 – Inspiration
130703 – Commercials
130814 – Vacation
32 thoughts on “Six Word Story Challenge: Memory”
This one of mine is kind of opposite to memory. Hopefully it will be accepted nonetheless. https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/english-essays-and-poems-2/sea-you/
Click on the picture to switch to the Dutch version, and back.
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Staring out over the sea, lost in memories… oh yes, this is fully accepted, Peter.
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Yo. Did you get my mail? 😀
Anyway, my SWS entry. A sad one, though:
Leaves me when needed the most!
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!
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*
I guess my memory evaded me this week. I’m late. Here is my memory short story. 🙂 http://wp.me/p3dy1B-9r
Because of our experiences, we are less open-minded than the youngsters. A good and true story. Sometimes I long for those days when everything was new 🙂
Here is my story.
If I remember right 😆
Hahaha, this really happens! Such fun in only six words 😀
Here’s my entry for this Saturday: http://goomfh.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/six-word-story-challenge-memory/
A very strong combination of words and photo – I love it. Losing your dreams is losing hope.
Hi Marion, this was fun challenge, the tough part was to find the apt image . Not sure it is right or not. Here is my link- http://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/six-word-story-challenge-memory/
And what a painful mistake, Indira. We all can learn so much of the past, but we often prefer to close our eyes and in stead dream about the future. Good story!
Fun challenge! I’m in. Haven’t done this in awhile, but my literary juices are flowing again. Now if I can just remember to check in every other Wednesday. 😆 Here’s my entry for this challenge… http://hugmamma.com/2013/08/30/six-word-story-challenge-memory/
That’s a very funny story, Hugmamma 😀
And here’s my story: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/6wsc-memory/
I’m not guilty. It never happened.
Marian, you had me thinking of war crimes in a second. Strong story!!! Well done, Sister.
Nice prompt Marion, you are right. Its addictive.
Thinking up prompts is also addictive 😉 Looking forward to your story!
You are right, its a hard task to come up with a new interesting prompt every time, enjoyable too.
Love the Hemingway story, but it’s so sad.
Six words calling up sadness and despair. A powerful sad story indeed.
Such a wonderful combination of words and image. You wrote a fairy tale in six words.
Tempted to join! I’m hoping to come up with some interesting Six Words by the end of the day 😉 Stay tuned!
You even have two weeks to write, Sara, and contributing to an older theme is also possible. I would be delighted if you joined! 😀
But be warned, it’s addictive 😛
Here it is:
I couldn’t resist 😉
With such a view, one doesn’t need words to commit the beauty to memory. Wonderful, Sara!