Not Quite What I Was Planning by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith

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The book’s premise is if you could write a memoir in six words, what would yours be?

“Nobody cared, then they did. Why?”

Chuck Klosterman

They were taking submissions from every writer: professional, non-professional, famous, and the not-so-famous.

“We still don’t hear a single.”

Adam Schlesinger

As I was reading it, I laughed about how straightforward it was to sum your life up in six words.

Some were extremely simple; some were heartbreaking; some were thought-provoking.

“I still make coffee for two.”

Zak Nelson
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I saw the whole thing as a colossal writing prompt, which was inspiring. That goes without saying!

“I was a Michael Jackson impersonator.”

Keith Knight

I think – in a way – the book gave me the idea that short fiction could be a Thing.

“Cursed with cancer. Blessed by friends.”

Hannah Davies

Cramming your creativity by limiting yourself into a teeny-tiny physical space is freeing to me.

“Most successful accomplishments based on spite.”

Scott Birch

Yeah, I could write a novel. But why? Why does everyone assume that because you’re a writer, you have a story in you? Multiple novels, even? That’s what this book meant to me. It was an exercise of a new journey.

“No wife. No kids. No problems.”

Rip Riley

Guilliean Pacheco (she/her) is a writer and editor of Filipino heritage and the host of the City of Writers podcast. Her work has appeared in TechTarget, Nevada Humanities, and Helen: A Literary Magazine. She has an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of San Francisco and is an Anaphora Arts poetry fellow. She’s a misplaced California girl who lives in Las Vegas normally, if one could call living there normal, on Southern Paiute land. Follow her on Twitter.

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