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