As in any story, you will want to make your autobiographical story or any story dramatic so that those who read it will have a hard time putting it down. One important thing to remember is to make certain that your story has vivid details in it. Put all your feelings into it so it will be alive!!! As Marcel Proust said, “Creative wrong memory is a source of art.”
What is meant by this is that “we can lie a little bit about the truth.”
In this lesson, we are going to write a fictional story based on a real life incident. The important thing to remember when writing this type of story and, I’ll repeat, “you can lie a little bit about the truth.” For example, if you have memories of being chased by a vicious dog when you were a child, you can dramatize the fear that you had. You can describe the terror you had even though you really weren’t that terrified.
Here is an exercise that you can do to give you some practice in your writing skills for this lesson. Write about something that you consider to be a dramatic incident in your life. It can be frightening, surprising, sad, or happy.
Write about it in first person, and then write about it in third person, or try writing it in second person. Write separate versions from three points of view of each character in the incident.
Have it happen to someone ten or twenty years older than yourself or ten or twenty years younger than yourself. Change the sex of the character, but leave the rest of the story the same.
Stage it in another country or a different setting.
Change the emotions that you experienced from the original emotion. For example if you experienced fear in your remembered experience, change it to something funny.
Change the ending of the story from your real life experience .
If you’re having a difficult time thinking of an experience, here is something that happened to me when I was eleven years old that you can try and use for the above exercise.
I was 11 years old when I was positive that particular day was going to be the last day of my life. I was in elementary school and took my first swimming lesson. I never tried to learn to swim because I was afraid I might drown, but this day was going to be different. I decided that I was going to get involved in a dangerous activity, and nothing was going to happen to me. I was having fun that day during my swimming class. The life saver was around my stomach so I knew nothing could happen to me. I was paddling from one end of the pool to the other end feeling very safe. I was doing so well that I decided to turn over on my back and float, but I didn’t think of putting the life saver on my back. I left it on my stomach. All I wanted to do was casually float around the pool on my back, but instead I kept bobbing up and down. My head kept going under the water. I was so scared. I wanted to stand up, but my feet did not reach the bottom of the pool because I was in the very deep end. I kept yelling for help, but there was no one around — .
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN IF YOU WANT TO DO IT AS AN EXERCISE (listed above).
Source: My own experience and a class I took on this type of a lesson.