Write a Life Story A short life story can be an alternative to writing an obituary in advance.
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Guest Column December 26, You are there. Guest post by Lorie Ann Grover, author of Hit and co-founder of the influential site readergirlz, where she is a visible advocate for teen literacy and activism.
In addition, she is the author of three acclaimed novels: Begin with the truth. Truth is stranger than fiction, so there is certainly much to mine.
Each of my contemporary novels sprang off the pages of my own life. Consider writing that first draft close to what happened, what you saw, and what you felt. Are others involved and do you want to stay close to the facts? If you know this is the case, run and get permission.
Do your best to describe that this will be a work of fiction with strands of truth woven through it. Explain to those involved that they will see themselves reflected, but it will be as if they are standing before a curved mirror in an amusement fun house.
You might offer assurance their story could be a great benefit to readers. If they are willing to have you share the essence of what happened to them, go forward and write. However, if you think the final work will be far from the truth, get to writing first.
To find the best ‘story’ within a ‘true story,’ we need to start with a clear understanding of what makes for a viable screenplay idea. There are MANY stories within every true story, and the thrill and challenge of writing based on a true story is to select the one that will make the most compelling screenplay. From author and psychotherapist Dr. Brian Weiss comes the classic bestseller on the true case of the past-life therapy that changed the lives of both the prominent psychiatrist and young patient involved—now featuring a new afterword by the author. And remember in writing your true life story you have an emotional contract with your reader that you don’t have with any other book. You owe your reader honesty, and in return you will have your reader’s unfailing empathy and support.
Once the story is caught in your net, as a writer you have an opportunity to now ask: What is the theme burning beneath it, and what can I do to feed the flames? But the writer in me begged the question: And then I ramped up the tension in my version of the story and made that person a grad student teacher she was crushing on.
It did take two years and several drafts for this plot point to rise to mind. Put book titles in quotes? Let the story run, bettering the facts or leaving them completely behind. This is the draft where you open your hand and let go.
Let them run through their own blossoming story. Fact can feel fake. One caveat to be aware of is that not all facts are believable. The best, juiciest fact may not make it into your story because again, truth is stranger than fiction.
When I wrote Hold Me Tight, I was not able to include that the man who molested me was soon afterwards in a car accident and paralyzed from the waist down… the waist down. My novel would have felt contrived and unbelievable had I included this.
Be ready to lay those facts aside with a settled satisfaction that you know what truly happened.Real news, curated by real humans.
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Writing a short story is easy, but writing a powerful short story is difficult. In fact, extremely difficult. Add the word “true” to the whole thing and you might as well have a story which is impossible to write but if you do write it well, then you have a winner. Dear Twitpic Community - thank you for all the wonderful photos you have taken over the years.
We have now placed Twitpic in an archived state. A true story of unconditional love when my wife of 11 years left me for another man. A post I wrote about unconditional love on the “ Life Is A Fork In The Road ” Facebook page has raised the question about whether humans are capable of true unconditional love.
Here is the quote that inspired me to write this true love story: “Love is . I am trying to write a novel based on the true life story of a woman I met who was in prison, but is now out. She has given me many details.
I have tried to write as a novel because of potential legal issues, but then changed to non-fiction.