A Writer In Her Library

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I’ve missed my Thursday “A Writer In Her Library” feature, so I figured I’d resurrect it.  I’ve been doing a lot of work with autobiography and memoir lately, and I adore Tristine Rainer.  She has a great book, Your Life As Story,  and I’ve found it really helpful through the process.

One of the first assignments she gives is to write a fairytale of your life’s story.  It’s an interesting exercise.  She said that some students want to cram their lives into an existing fairytale, but she suggests writing a completely new tale, in the style of a fairytale.

What about you, Dear Reader?  How do you feel about memoir and autobiography?

6 thoughts on “A Writer In Her Library

  1. feliciaj327 says:

    I’ve thought of writing my life story, but never thought of doing it as a fairy tale. Will have to give Tristine Rainer’s book a read. Sounds like an autobiography could be a good project for the next NaNo!

    1. It’s an excellent book. Her first one, The New Diary, is also excellent. Highly recommend both.

  2. rhodrymavelyne says:

    Actually, almost everything I write, whether it’s fiction, blog, or autobiographical has a touch of the fairy tale-esque. 🙂

    1. I like it! I think fairy tales have a lot to teach us. 🙂

  3. feliciaj327 says:

    I think I would have to reacquaint myself with fairy tales as I only remember the big ones like Cinderella and Snow White.

    1. Or write a new one. 🙂

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