Often written in narrative form an autobiography gives the history of a person’s life, written or told by that person.
The definition states:
“he or she gives a vivid description of his or her childhood in their autobiography” Sub sections are memoirs, life story, or personal history.
It differentiates from the periodic self-reflective mode of journal or diary writing because it is a review of a life from a particular moment in time, rather than a diary entry, which although reflective moves through a series of moments in time. In other words an autobiography takes stock of the writers life by way of memory from the moment of the composition. A distinction on autobiography versus memoir is that a memoir is less focused on self and more on others.
The ‘life’ autobiography may focus on a subjective view of the person’s life, which in some cases can lead to misleading or incorrect information by way of the inability or unwillingness of the writer to recall memories accurately.
A ‘spiritual’ autobiography follows the writer’s journey towards God or other deity, which resulted from a conversion. It is a vehicle to endorse his or her new found religion.
A ‘fictional autobiography’ is a novel about a fictional character written as though the character were writing their own autobiography in first-person and reflecting on both internal and external experiences of their character.
An I-Novel is a Japanese literary genre used to describe a confessional type literature where the events related correspond to the author’s life. In many cases it exposed the darker side of society or the author’s own dark side.
A memoir differs from an autobiography as it focuses on more intimate memoirs, feelings and emotions, rather than the ‘life and times’ of a writer in a typical autobiography. For example, memoirs about politicians or military leaders glorify their public exploits.
Have you written or are you thinking of writing your autobiography?
Whose autobiography have you read that you enjoyed?
I still vividly remember reading The Dairy of A Young Girl (Anne Frank) at school. It is such a powerful and emotive book. Of course, I have read ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King several times (or more!)
I will also be escaping to the mountains for three days with my dear friend, Linda – to write, explore and enjoy the wilderness and to meet up with the coordinator of the Jasper Community Habitat for the Arts. This facility will officially open in July, it is a wonderful center.
Other events on the list are two concerts – one at Spark Gallery with Sarah Smith and the other a classical concert with the Wye String Ensemble.
So all in all a wonderful week of arts, culture and writing – perfect if I don’t say so myself.
Hello to you all and firstly I must say a very grateful thank you to Vikki from http://the-view-outside.com/
She was kind enough to nominate me for this wonderful award and I would recommend you visiting her blog in a nano-second.
The rules are fairly easy – you can find them here
Yet another new experience for me last night – reading in public. My writers circle’s ‘Prompt Journey’ book* was the source of a reading at a local coffee shop. The event was well attended by fellow members and public alike. It is one thing reading in front of people you know but a whole new ball game amongst strangers.
With the microphone placed close to my mouth, I stood to read several of my published submissions. The coffee machines gurgled and spat as an accompaniment to my short stories. To make sure I didn’t ‘dry up’ I concentrated on the page before me but I was conscious my cheeks were glowing. There were a couple of verbal stumbles but for the most part I managed – whew!
As with all new experiences and ventures the first one is always the worse. Now I know that my fear was blown out of proportion and the response to my words was well worth the trembling.
What new experiences have you feared and overcome?