It is said that truth is often stranger than fiction. But can you translate this into prose that will hold a reader’s attention? To deliver a ‘good read’ the writer must combine the personal and the universal, the intellectual with the emotional, the macro with the micro, and the biographical with the historical.
In Writing Beyond the Self, Jenean explains that every writer has at least one creative nonfiction story hiding inside him or her. But one needs to separate the writer self from the self-healer. Hence, the book begins chapter one with a question: Everybody has a sob story, why should I read yours?
What follows are nine lessons gleaned from her MFA program, with fully-fledged examples, to guide writers through the key fundamentals of writing creative nonfiction. And because “everyone is strapped for time nowadays,” says Jenean, “the book is blessedly brief.”
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Table of Contents
Creative Nonfiction: Everybody has a sob story so why should I read yours?
Lesson #1: Marry your personal story to something larger than yourself.
Lesson #2: Marry your personal story to someone else’s so it’s all about you, but it’s not.
Lesson #3: Marry your personal story to “a slice of life” so it’s all about you on a smaller scale.
Lesson #4: Marry your story to someone else’s through dialogue rather than description.
Lesson #5: Ask yourself some tough questions because once your story is published, you can’t change your mind.
Lesson #6: If you’re not an academic and can’t do your own research, write about other people’s research.
Lesson #7: Follow an interest you know nothing about and share what you learn.
Lesson #8: Find something to do, do it, then write something. Or not.
Lesson #9: Limber up the grey matter! Moving back and forth between you (the particular, subjective) and other people/events/environments (the general, objective), is the key to writing successful creative and real nonfiction.