(I’m not writing an one, but) I’m not quite sure I understand how people can write autobiographies about their life (probably redundant, but whatever).
Like how do you know what’s important? What people care about? What “scenes” from the days you were on Earth move along some sort of narrative that you’ve felt was important enough to share with everyone?
I’m having a hard time with my Camp novel this month. I mean, I wrote the first 149 words (milestone, woo!) and now I’m having a hard time writing the next batch of them. I did some very minor planning: a very basic list of important events that should probably be covered, but then I wonder if maybe some of them aren’t really integral to the storyline.
Autobiographies miraculously span YEARS of peoples’ lives. My Camp novel is about my 18 month engagement and all the wackiness and stress that came with it.
Some of the scenes are months apart. How are you supposed to transition between them without being super choppy and hard to follow? Maybe a part of that comes with manipulating the timing a little bit (hence CREATIVE nonfiction).
Maybe I should stop worrying about all of this for right now and just WRITE THE DAMN STORY.
I’m unfortunately very good at making excuses for why I should give up on something. I’m a habitual complainer about my life, but I never do much to change it.
I’ve gotten so much great feedback about this project before I’ve even started it, and that should be more than enough motivation to get me to start writing. I’m just hyper critical about things I really care about.
Or maybe I’m just loaded in self-pity.
How interesting it is that trying to write about my life now has me thinking about my life in such an introspective way.
But back to my original point — writing a true-life story is hard when it spans such a long period of time. I’m going to do my best to work through it, get a draft done. Then I’ll probably pick up some autobiographies and see how other people have managed to jam more than 18 months of somewhat disjointed pieces of a story into one cohesive novel. (If you have recommendations, I’d love to hear them.)
I KNOW it’s possible. I guess I’ve only ever written stories that span maybe a week or two. Just gotta get out of my comfort zone a little.
How’s your current WIP going? What struggles are you facing with getting the draft done? Let’s commiserate together.