Thursday, March 12th, 2009
There’s no longer any debate: you can absolutely tell a compelling, poignant, and/or funny story in just six words. But six words aren’t necessarily the end—they can be a beginning. We’ve heard from many writers whose six-word memoir spurred them on to write thousands more. Robin Templeton, author of “After Harvard, had baby with crackhead,” the first memoir in SMITH’s first book, is now working on a full-length book of her own.
In that spirit, we’ve added a feature called “backstory,” where you can tell the longer tale behind your six words right on SMITH. Some of the first folks to submit backstories are truly going for it, like RitaWrites who tells the tale behind “Writer explores truths about father’s murder.” Then there’s Anne, aka Hells_Kitchen_baby, whom we met while talking about storytelling on public radio’s The Leonard Lopate Show. As thousands of strangers tuned in, Anne recounted her moving story, and she does the same on SMITH as a backstory to her six-word memoir, “I found my mother’s suicide note.” Hers is a brave, powerful experience to share—with an intense twist at the end that will blow you away.
More new features:
• Send any story on SMITH as an e-card. Just click on the button at the bottom of a story, add whatever message you like, and make someone’s day with something good to read.
• Make a personalized six-word T-shirt. Below each six-word memoir is a “make a T-shirt” button that, with one click, turns six words into one fantastic Spreadshirt tee—and a great gift for a six lover you know.
• Follow us on Twitter and get a six-word memoir a day on your phone. Six to your cell is better way to wake up than that third cup of coffee.