Monday, June 30, 2008

Not Quite What I Was Planning...

Do you have a six-word memoir? Can you write one? When I saw the 225-page book Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, I grabbed a copy off the shelf at the bookstore. It is finished in one sitting – very easy to read.

Some background: The six-word memoir was launched online in 2006 by
SMITH magazine and now compiled into a book, published this year. It is personal storytelling that soon creates a storm across the Internet. I’ve seen a meme that has been circulating in the world of blogging and participated in it as well. See mine.

The book collects over 1,000 six-word memoirs on themes such as frustrations, aspirations, secrets, and many more. Not all entries on the website made their way into print but you can read them
here. The book also features illustrations submitted by the writers themselves.

This is an inspiring and entertaining read. It’s amazing to see how those carefully chosen six words form and tell the story of one’s life.


Before I go, here are some of the memoirs I liked, extracted from the book:

  • Found true love, married someone else. - Bjorn Stromberg
  • Blogging is easy. Writing is hard. - Jennifer Shreve
  • And he nerded as never before. - Jon Thysell
  • Not a good Christian, but trying. - Alexander Tsai
  • I take photographs. I see life. - Daniel James
  • Boys liked her. She preferred books. - Anneliese Cuttle
  • Carbohydrates call my name every day. - Mary Petersdorf
  • Business school? Bah! Pop music? Hurrah! - Max Robins
  • Happy now that I know myself. - Anne Maiwald