Wednesday, March 05, 2008

weekly writing coach: the nano-memoirs

Fans of the weekly writing coach know I've urged to you write shorter and shorter (or to edit yourself thusly) with the advent of such new forms as the one-word brand, the 140-character Twitter "tweet," and the shorter headline, suitable for a Blackberry. I hear lots of grumbling about the move toward shorter and shorter communications, driven by smartphones and ever-shortening attention spans, but I keep coaching writers to edit even more than before so they can be found in search engines and read by our mobile population.

You thought I was tough? Now comes the six-word memoir, courtesy of a contest that turned into a book. The genre reminds us of a slightly more macabre format, the gravestone--our favorite comes from a noted hypochondriac, who used his six words to say "I told you I was sick." Not Quite What I Was Planning, Revised and Expanded Deluxe Edition: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure compiles what Publisher's Weekly called these "nano-memoirs" from the 15,000 entries in a SMITH storytelling magazine contest. This week, it's your turn. What's your nano-memoir?

Buy Not Quite What I Was Planning, Revised and Expanded Deluxe Edition: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

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