I think every writer who writes fiction—i.e. not a journalist reporter or documentary writer—writes autobiographically. Where else does the content and imagery come from? Iâ€™m working to finish an autobiographical trilogy—Leaving Home—and I can get trapped in thinking that story details have to parallel the events of my life.
Well today I was released.
I had no problem in the first two books but hit a wall with the third—having to recount actual events. NO! Iâ€™m writing a story. Yes itâ€™s about my life. But itâ€™s first and foremost a story. I can build it how I want to make the story work.
What a relief.