|I just like the picture... also,|
used to be home.
From here, photo by Paul Bica.
Though I love fiction and I've been steadily writing short stories for a long time, I've decided to write something different. I have a story I want to tell and it's about me. Why am I writing a story about myself? Well, after some stuff happened to me last year, and after discussing these events with my Hubby, I felt like I should share it. I couldn't have made it up. I thought about using it as inspiration for some fiction, but decided against it. I might still change my mind once the piece is finished. Getting to the point of this post... since I've never written non-fiction before, I decided I should look up some non-fiction rules. After all, what I'm working on will be about my life, I've interacted with people, and I wanted to know what the rules were for writing about other people, as it affects me and my work. I want to stay out of trouble. But I also don't want my desire to stay our of trouble to affect the quality of the piece I'm creating. I wanted to share some of the helpful links I found in my research.
Six Guidelines for Writing Creative Nonfiction
Creative Nonfiction: How to Stay Out of Trouble
Writing Creative NonFiction
In trying to classify my creative non-fiction work in progress, I would guess it to be most like a memoir. So these are memoir specific links:
7 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Your Memoir
Tips on Writing a Memoir
Can You Tell Your Own True Story Even If It Impinges on the Privacy of Your Lovers, Friends, and Family?
I found all of these links helpful and insightful. They told me things I didn't know, which I suppose was the point of the research. Any suggestions for writing non-fiction? Rules I should know?