I once began my personal home page with an online diary I called My Life On Line. I simply dated each entry by day and date and entry number then added a few snippets of information of what I was up to at that time, similar to the way one uses Facebook and Twitter. But not only was I writing about my life, online, so I could keep a daily record that might cover several years of events I was sharing this freely over the internet on my personal home page aka, my website.
We often think about keeping it simple but by doing so, simple might be a narrow view of true events leaving out the things that take place that we may be uncomfortable with and that bring a negative light to ourselves, and we may want to leave out large chunks of life events just because we feel it is better to keep it simple and just put in the good stuff and leave out the negative.
But, I maintain, and it has been reflected in most modern literature that the truth is sometimes more interesting than fiction and as we have entered into a more dynamic range of expression in both the media and on the internet, personal life as reflected in reality television and on social media sites, the truth may not be so simple, but yet it is in fact, much more interesting.
I spend lots of time online reading and watching videos from YouTube and Google and Wikipedia, the on line encyclopedia, and even spend a little time at the t.v. watching such shows as Wendy Williams, TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, and 48 hours as well as a number of other shows both on broadcast, cable, Hulu and Amazon Prime.
From the perhaps millions of hours of media exposure in my life since I was old enough to operate the channel selector of my parent’s black and white television set, and I have seen changes in the way stories are told either as a docudrama, motion picture, reality show or a documentary. From books I have read like Robert Silverberg’s The World Inside and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock to name a few back in the day, when I was in Jr. High School I lost myself in paperbacks from the corner drug store, at that time, called Wards Cut Rate Drugs in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Tx where I came to live at age 5 and still live to this day. I bought mainly science fiction novels by authors like Arthur C. Clarke, Issac Asimov, I also developed a larger vocabulary by doing so.
When writing you must keep it simple because most people lack the vocabulary skills necessary to appreciate the long complex wordage of many a story book. Yet, by having said that , I contradict myself because if I developed a larger vocabulary from reading so too will the readers of books, not much so with magazine articles, but by reading long texts articles on line and the local news either on printed paper or the digital version.
Many people like to publish their stories using Adobe Acrobat. You can do this by converting from a Microsoft Word document a Adobe PDF document. This is very helpful because it separates the pages and is easy to navigate.
Creative Writing as this article refers to does include the concept of the imagination, so it requires talent to be creative in a non fictional story or biography, or autobiography by using some embellishments but to keep a story true, it is always in bad taste to exaggerate, lie or misrepresent people, places, dates and actual circumstances, unless you are writing a dramatic variant of a true story that you must admit at the very beginning is fictional and disclaimer at the end in that none of the characters or events in this story are true, any resemblance is strictly coincidental.
To be truthful, yet interesting, positive without sounding simple minded, and keeping up with actual facts so they do not come back at ya later to bite you on the heal, so to speak.
Drama, the key to any good story can be a way of eloquence and poetic license the author attempts to use to breath excitement and substance to a story and still remain truthful if the author’s objective is to educate, or even entertain yet remain true to his story of a piece of literature that is supposed to actually represent a person’s life rather than exaggerate and shine a false light upon the character of the story.
I like reading biographies of famous people sometimes. Such people I like to read about are as follows:
President L.B.J, On Writing, by Stephen King, Andy Rooney, and Rush Limbaugh, and watch the commentary of a very extremist on line journalist, Alex Jones, simply because I find his commentary interesting.
If you decide to write about a person you know, or your own self, or a person who you know about you must get their permission and this is not easy or always possible. You can blog about people on line until you’re blue in the face but nobody takes this stuff seriously. But when a book is in print, in a hard back, it takes on a life of it’s own.
So keeping this in mind, you can start with sprial notebooks to jot down your facts and rough drafts, or you can use a micro or digital recorder to talk your story line, and even use your Kindle or Laptop to type into Microsoft Word all your favorite places, events and people who will comprise your story.
If you want to learn creative writing, you can take on line courses, or take community college courses for little or nothing. I really enjoyed journalism class in 8th grade while my friend played chess and was never repremanded for it until I once tried to engage in a game with him as I was no genius as he with an IQ of 168 and mine down in the 133’s no contest, but the teacher allowed him, to play if he played and still took notes because the teacher could tell who was listening and who was not. I just had to add that bit of my past to this article so you could look at things through my eyes.
The believability of the story is very important
Being able to identify with the author, if it is in first person singular from the author’s point of view
Any good book will have a good basic 3 part format
The Introduction that brings the reader into the zone, the physical and psychological and intellectual framework of the work, the beginning, Then the middle is essentially where everything happens coming to a peak then a climax and finally the ending a kind of anti-climax or retrospective, where this goes determines if there is a potential for a second book but usually biographies are complete and contain the essence of that person’s life in the book but there have been many books that lead the reader to think there may be a to be more later when a possible second book is written to continue the next phase of the person’s journey if it is about a living person. There are so many books about just one person’s life from so many alternative perspectives by various authors over many decades so a biography is not an end in itself necessarily even if the person who’s the subject of the writing has died years or centuries ago!
Keeping the memory alive is what a biography means to me. If more people read books about prominent figures in recent or past history we would become much more broad minded and enlightened than ever before so that is why I think writing a biography or an autobiography about ones’ self is a way of keeping that person alive for perhaps centuries to come, That is a virtual form of immortality more or less.
Keep the ink in the printer and have it fully loaded with paper. It’s time to get started.
Good luck in your stories and may you become a success.