Thursday, February 14, 2008

Six-Word Memoirs -- A Challenge

Fascinating! Engaging! All those superlative words you see in ads!

This morning, Visual Thesaurus (a site worth visiting if you haven't already) sent a link to this new site.

Not Quite What I Was Planning
is a companion site to the book which has just been published.

Here are some examples of "six-word memoirs by writers famous & obscure."

Brush with Death;Comb with Life -- David H.
Married with children (and second thoughts). -- withheld
Sold the saxophone. Got a computer. -- Ken H.
Fifteen years of therapy for this?! -- Karen W.

Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine: "Six-Word Memoirs: The Legend

Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Last year, SMITH Magazine re-ignited the recountre by asking our readers for their own six-word memoirs. They sent in short life stories in droves, from the bittersweet (“Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends”) and poignant (“I still make coffee for two”) to the inspirational (“Business school? Bah! Pop music? Hurrah”) and hilarious (“I like big butts, can’t lie”)."

Reading these could become addictive. Writing my own, obsessive. This is my introduction to Smith Magazine, too. Are you familiar with it?

SMITH Magazine is a home for storytelling, with a focus on personal narrative. Whether a professional or unpublished writer, we believe everyone has a story, and everyone should have a place to tell it.

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