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    Fictional Autobiography

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by sanco, Jul 27, 2013.

    I don't want validation for my idea or anything. I'm just a little unfamiliar with the liberties writers usually take to write a fictional autobiography.

    So I wanted to go back and forth in time for each chapter, so for example, chapter 1 will start with my main character in his present writing his own biography and chapter 2 will be him narrating the events of his birth and chapter 3 will be him telling a friend in the present that he's writing an autobiography and chapter 4 will be him narrating the events of him meeting that friend etc. So essentially there are two separate plotlines.

    Has this kind of thing been done before? Was it done well? What past examples can I read to help me? Would it be jarring and tedious for the reader to read?
     
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    I don't see much of a distinction here. You have an idea, but you're getting cold feet, and are looking for motivation to go ahead with it.

    Screw whether it will be "well-received". Just write it, and put your best efforts into it. If it doesn't meet your expectations, set it aside. Maybe as you gain experience, you'll find a better way to express it.

    Undoubtedly.
    Probably some did it well, others certainly failed at it.
    Any first person novel would help.
    That depends solely on how well you write it.

    Go head and write it. If you find yourself struggling at points, that's when you can perform some more focused research.
     
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    I'm plenty motivated. I'm just not sure how to write it.
    Is trial and error the only solution you give, Cogito?
     
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    it's the only practical solution there is, sanco!
     
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    My new MS has a dual plot line as well. I find it really helpful to open multiple chapters at once and write each story line at the same time, flipping between chapters
     
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    I guess it is, mammamaia. I've dived into it blindly and frankly I'm enjoying myself writing without inhibitions.
    Thanks for the tip, Garball! I'll try that.
     
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    "World War Z" is a fictional autobiography.

    My book was one ;-)

    Any fictional book, written in first person is a kind of fictional autobiography because no matter what anyone says, all the characters in your books and your dreams....

    Are you.
     
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    I haven't read that book yet. Cheers for the reminder.
    Yeah, I never saw it that way, but I guess you're right.
     
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    just write it. If it works you are awesome. if it doesn't work you were "honing your craft." Writing is never a waste of time.
     

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