Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

Basically, the premise of the book is if you could write a memoir in six words, what would yours be?

They were taking submissions from every writer: professional, nonprofessional, famous, and the not-so-famous. As I was reading it, I was laughing about how truly easy it was to sum your life up in six words. Some were extremely simple, some were heart-breaking, some were thought-provoking. I don’t have the book in front of me, but I pulled these from the Amazon summary of it.

“Nobody cared, then they did. Why?” – Chuck Klosterman
“We still don’t hear a single.” – Adam Schlesinger
“I was a Michael Jackson impersonator.” – Keith Knight
“Cursed with cancer. Blessed by friends.” – Hannah Davies
“I still make coffee for two.” – Zak Nelson
“Most successful accomplishments based on spite.” – Scott Birch
“No wife. No kids. No problems.” – Rip Riley
“Mushrooms. Clowns. Wands. Five. Wig. Thatched.” – Amy Sedaris

I kind of saw the whole thing as a huge writing prompt, which was inspiring. That goes without saying!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Author: Guilliean Pacheco

Filipina adjacent. Cinéphile. (Bad) Feminist. INFJ. Mélomaniacal. Polymath. Raconteuse. Tsundoku.

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