Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure by Larry SmithDeceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity—six words at a time.
When Ernest Hemingway famously wrote, For Sale: baby shoes, never worn, he proved that an entire story can be told using a half-dozen words. When the online storytelling magazine SMITH asked readers to submit six-word memoirs, they proved a whole, real life can be told this way, too. The results are fascinating, hilarious, shocking, and moving.
From small sagas of bittersweet romance (Found true love, married someone else) to proud achievements and stinging regrets (After Harvard, had baby with crackhead), these terse true tales relate the diversity of human experience in tasty bite-size pieces.
The original edition of Not Quite What I Was Planning spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and thanks to massive media attention—from NPR to the The New Yorker—the six-word memoir concept spread to classrooms, dinner tables, churches, synagogues, and tens of thousands of blogs. This deluxe edition has been revised and expanded to include more than sixty never-before-seen memoirs.
From authors Elizabeth Gilbert, Richard Ford, and Joyce Carol Oates to celebrities Stephen Colbert, Mario Batali, and Joan Rivers to ordinary folks around the world, everyone has a six-word story to tell.
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Everyone interested can send their stories or 6 word memoirs etc to tumblrwritingproject gmail., The small experiment soon became a global phenomenon, producing a series of books and inspiring millions of people to contemplate the deepest complexities of existence through the simplicity of short-form minimalism. In the introduction, Smith speaks to the liberating quality of constraints :.
We know you love answering our Question of the Day. While this patient-driven real-world information helps drive research in various ways including highlighting areas that warrant more in-depth study, assisting member companies developing new products for the type 1 community and to gauge community interest and opinions around a particular topic , we know it also provides a forum for venting, for celebrating, for just plain feeling connected to others. Targeted questions are great. They provide specific measures by which our team can analyze data more easily and strategically in order to drive research. On the first day of , we asked a Question of the Day asking for six-word memoirs on life with T1D.
After purchase, all buyers were then sent to a humorously long, semi-sadistic questionnaire to fill out about themselves, so I could hand-pick a surprise they'd actually like — as opposed to sending off random camel statues and industrial-size boxes of nudie playing cards. I knew the questionnaires would be fun to read anyone that hangs out here at TMF is, of course, not only supremely intelligent but witty as hell, I've discovered , but what I didn't expect, however, was something else:. You guys cracked opened your souls to me. Anyway, I wanted to take the opportunity to share some responses with you—anonymously, of course—in the hope that they'll light a big, inappropriately-sized blow torch under your own aspirations for this year…or at the very least, remind you that you're not alone. That many of us feel the same way. That we're all human beings, with the same fears, hopes and worries.
Have your own six-word contribution? Email us! Stormyweather Banks Expect and accept unexpected and unacceptable. Judi Gedcke Anticipation is not just about ketchup. Amy Hostetter Out of everyone, I chose you. Sheldon Fredrickson live. Grace Juhlin Never really am where I want.