Six-Word Memoir

Posted on February 15, 2008



This is a book where readers were asked to create the story of their lives using only six words.  Impossible?  Actually, quite interesting.


Brief Summary:

“In this spirit of simple yet profound brevity, the online magazine Smith asked readers to write the story of their own lives in a single sentence. The result is Not Quite What I Was Planning, a collection of six-word memoirs by famous and not-so-famous writers, artists and musicians. Their stories are sometimes sad, often funny — and always concise.

The collection has plenty of six-word insights from everyday folks as well: Love me or leave me alone was scrawled on a hand dryer in a public bathroom; I still make coffee for two was penned by a 27-year-old who had just been dumped.”

Excerpt: ‘Not Quite What I Was Planning’

Edited by Smith magazine

After Harvard, had baby with crackhead.
– Robin Templeton

70 years, few tears, hairy ears.
– Bill Querengesser

Watching quietly from every door frame.
– Nicole Resseguie

Catholic school backfired. Sin is in!
– Nikki Beland

Savior complex makes for many disappointments.
– Alanna Schubach

Nobody cared, then they did. Why?
– Chuck Klosterman

Some cross-eyed kid, forgotten then found.
– Diana Welch

She said she was negative. Damn.
– Ryan McRae

Born in the desert, still thirsty.
– Georgene Nunn

A sake mom, not soccer mom.
– Shawna Hausman

I asked. They answered. I wrote.
– Sebastian Junger

No future, no past. Not lost.
– Matt Brensilver

Extremely responsible, secretly longed for spontaneity.
– Sabra Jennings

Joined Army. Came out. Got booted.
– Johan Baumeister

Almost a victim of my family
– Chuck Sangster

The psychic said I’d be richer.
– Elizabeth Bernstein

Grumpy old soundman needs love, too.
– Lennie Rosengard

Mom died, Dad screwed us over.
– Lesley Kysely

Painful nerd kid, happy nerd adult.
– Linda Williamson

Write about sex, learn about love.
– Martha Garvey

Excerpted from Not Quite What I Was Planning from Smith magazine, edited by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith. Copyright 2008. Reproduced with permission of the publisher, Harper Perennial.

What would  your SIX-WORD MEMOIR be?


Strengthened by God, motivated by love.