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.