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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

By Larry Smith

We’re a storytelling community: a place to read, write, and share stories. First time? Read on. We just published a book, Not Quite What I Was Planning. More than a year ago, we challenged our readers to write their life story in six words. More than 15,000 did, and 832 of these life stories are in this book, which is everything we believe storytelling can be: accessible, funny, profound, and addictive. The book’s really addictive. We feature new reader memoirs every day. Submit your six-word life story here.

Or maybe you’ve had an unexpected encounter with a celebrity that you can tell in 500 words or less? Share yours in Brushes With Fame. If you’re into 100 words answer our weekly reader question called The PopuList.(Current question: what’s the biopic of your life?). Over at Memoirville, we feature excerpts from just-published memoirs by the pros, as well as interviews with authors about how they tell stories. In Obsessions, we feature the best in “personal media,” like a slideshow of love letters from the past 150 years.

Read stories from the best of SMITH, and sign up for our monthly newsletter further down this page on the right. SMITH Magazine is a world of stories—we hope you’ll share yours.

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47 responses

  1. Patty Crowe says:

    This is a lovely, inspiring text - in a culture of supersizing, gas guzzling excesses, the simplicity and brevity of 6-word stories is spiritual and soothing. As a compiler of books of quotes, I well understand and fully appreciate the wisdom that can be portrayed in a few well chosen words.
    Bravo!

  2. Julie says:

    I have long held that most things, thoughts, ideas, etc., can be condensed to 10 words or less. This just excites me on many levels. We need a more quiet world

  3. Mark Rosenkranz says:

    “I endured loss; then came providence.”-Mark Rosenkranz

  4. dranreb says:

    On peut toujours faire avec moins.

  5. ned g says:

    London needs to embrace this immediately

  6. Leslie says:

    boston, LA, florida… destination unknown.

  7. Doanld Chisholm says:

    I have nothing, everybody wants it

  8. Aloys says:

    I came, I saw, I went

  9. Donna Wolfe says:

    Putting on gameface for the masses.

  10. Chris says:

    I live in a spider’s web

  11. Paul Almas says:

    Grace extended, grace received, few believe

  12. misha says:

    Watched other kids play. Still do.

  13. MizFit says:

    met love on bus with Mounds™

  14. mfredrx says:

    balancing lifes great humor never spoken

  15. Derek Stanley says:

    Never trust a word I say.

  16. joelle olson says:

    what cancer took, adoption has given

  17. Mary says:

    Love you. Where did you go?

  18. Suresh says:

    Haven’t silenced my Anima yet.

  19. Lainey says:

    My new favorite hang out. “Addicted!”

  20. Bob says:

    Many may, but few cannot.

  21. Linda says:

    Marry me or lose me forever

  22. Naomi Schrock says:

    Teach me what I don’t know.

  23. Colleen says:

    Was unplanned, became a loved souvenir.

  24. Shane says:

    For a small time I was

  25. Linda says:

    There was a run on Clorox

  26. kevin r. says:

    not a characteristic of mine: desperation.

  27. Linda says:

    Feeling empty of all but memories

  28. euterpe says:

    Fear motivates the weak minded only.

  29. Sally1 says:

    These are great. I wanta try.

  30. Junie says:

    Just graduated. Still figuring things out.

  31. Linda says:

    God Bless your heart this day!

  32. Jeanette Cheezum says:

    So many things can be said in six words. Stroll through Smith Magazine when you have the time. It’s amazing!

  33. linda harden says:

    Fearless–as I walk through shadows!

  34. RBEN says:

    introspective thoughts truth hurts no character

  35. Jonathan says:

    Math was my best subject.

  36. ANJO says:

    This came to change my world

  37. one more believer says:

    writing is a wonderfully wicked pastime

  38. MomGrandmom says:

    Life is better than I dreamed.

  39. MomGrandmom says:

    DadGrandad says:

    “…home of the brave. PLAY BALL!”

  40. No justice says:

    Goodyear millionaires financially raped Lilly Ledbetter.

  41. HarrySmithIII says:

    Rusty memory makes this somewhat difficult.

  42. doubarik says:

    She loved me, she left me.

  43. Margaret says:

    Home at last. Will call tonight.

  44. TD says:

    Older and Wiser….

    …make that Wider.

  45. J0 Ann DANIELS says:

    My computer, doesn’t get any rest.

  46. Badger51 says:

    Women without her man is nothing

  47. Phil says:

    I lost, for want of a word.

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