Mar 30, 2006, 1:08 PM
Post #16 of 127
Re: [Clench Million] Autobiography in MFAs
Weren't you the one who said that all stories start with
some kind of emotion or a writer's opinion/perspective....
I'm the one who said that!
Most of my stories start with something I saw, heard, read, observed, happened to me or someone else, etc. etc.
Sometimes with a first sentence or word that comes into my head...I carry a little notebook in my purse for those inspirations.
And, as far as workshopping semiautobiographical stuff, it is TRUE as someone else said, no one should know.
That is if you clothe your tale with different details, not just those from your own life, so people can immediately tell, which would be a little jejune on the writer's part!
No offense here, this is not about anyone's writing---I don't know how or what my fellow posters write.
What we write though, and what we observe is inescapably filtered through our own experience. So sometimes to disguise the autobiographical nature of my tale, when it is too obvious, I will do it from another POV, etc., etc.
Also, in general, try to make sure that what I write is not always from the first person POV.
And, oh, yes! In my first workshop when I wrote something almost autobiographical, and someone questioned if that cd. have really happened, I did burst out with, "But it's true!"
The prof responded that fiction should be believable regardless, and I have learned that lesson since.