What makes YOUR LIFE so INTERESTING to WRITE about it?

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    Jun 10, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    I just wanted to give a heads up and nod to anyone who has or is taking the time to write your own memoir, or stories about your life. I've had three people say those exact words in the subject of this post to me, like you must be famous for it to be worth writing about your life. Ironically, many people have become famous because they wrote about their life.

    Famous or not, everyone has the right to share lessons learned and anecdotes about what they've experienced and overcome. So this is a supportive email to say "fuck those people who don't give you the credit to express yourselves." They are projecting their own lack of self-importance onto you. Don't listen to them.

    We want to hear what you have to say.

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    Jun 10, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    Actually, I am writing, but not about myself. I'm writing a memoir of my business partner of almost 30 years now. It tracks his life and the growth of some of Americas largest corporations, both public and private.
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    Jun 10, 2010 10:08 PM GMT
    I've been writing about every thought and emotion that enters my mind for the last 13 years. These journals are very, very precious to me and only one other person in my life so far has had access to them. I think I'm missing one of the volumes though, and I have to somehow get it back or not.

    I'm thinking of sending them all to a friend of mine to make sense of them and hope that she can do something with them. Eventually.
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    Jun 10, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    Well today I dressed up in a Haz-Mat suit and crawled around in human waste. Now.. most people find that pretty revolting but some think it's interesting (at least to read, or talk about). If nothing else I'm glad to be one of the few who get to... *ahem* enjoy such a unique experience.

    But I think if I were to write about my life.. stuff like this, and my entertaining perspective on it would keep it interesting.
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    Jun 10, 2010 11:45 PM GMT
    hauptstimme saidI've been writing about every thought and emotion that enters my mind for the last 13 years. These journals are very, very precious to me and only one other person in my life so far has had access to them. I think I'm missing one of the volumes though, and I have to somehow get it back or not.

    I'm thinking of sending them all to a friend of mine to make sense of them and hope that she can do something with them. Eventually.


    I did the same thing up until after I graduated from high school. I'd kept a journal ever since I was 12 years old, back when they made you do it in class. I also happened to lose a volume of it too. It was from when I was 16 years old and a freshman in high school to be specific. But I didn't "lose" it so much as I ripped it out and torched it in my backyard and watched it burn. That was the year I really started noticing my strengthening attraction for other guys.

    Needless to say, I didn't come to terms with my same-sex attractions all that smoothly, haha. Haven't written since then but after this thread I might do a recap of that year I lost and continue writing it. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jun 11, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    If you feel compelled to create fictitious worlds and people, and write about how that all works out for them, then you're a writer. If you're good, you'll be published and make money even possibly. If you're writing about your own world, your family will be interested, but likely nobody else. My great grandmother kept a diary, of sorts. It was short on details though so it was kind of just a teaser.
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    Jun 11, 2010 1:21 AM GMT
    My life = yawn. Wont even bother.

    As for someone else, I will give them the first five pages before I throw it in the trash. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 11, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidIf you feel compelled to create fictitious worlds and people, and write about how that all works out for them, then you're a writer. If you're good, you'll be published and make money even possibly. If you're writing about your own world, your family will be interested, but likely nobody else. My great grandmother kept a diary, of sorts. It was short on details though so it was kind of just a teaser.


    Hello Debbie Downer, what if you really liked one of those ficticious stories about someone, then later found out, it was all true? Does that make it worth less to you?

    Be encouraging to others. That's what this thread is about. Writing doesn't have to be published or make money to be worth reading.
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    Jun 11, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    KentuckyTuss saidWell today I dressed up in a Haz-Mat suit and crawled around in human waste. Now.. most people find that pretty revolting but some think it's interesting (at least to read, or talk about). If nothing else I'm glad to be one of the few who get to... *ahem* enjoy such a unique experience.

    But I think if I were to write about my life.. stuff like this, and my entertaining perspective on it would keep it interesting.



    I would read that! "Knee Deep in Shit: My Life as a Haz-Mat Man"

    Huh.......yeah....on to something, yes? icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 11, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    A friend of mine thought I should do a graphic novel about my experience in the military, and the relationship I have with my guy and how that all happened since neither of us had ever been with or into men, and we didn't exactly get along too well when we first met lol.

    Along with my dealing with PTSD when I had first come home. I thought about it for awhile, and decided to do it.
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    Jun 11, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    IHG84 saidA friend of mine thought I should do a graphic novel about my experience in the military, and the relationship I have with my guy and how that all happened since neither of us had ever been with or into men, and we didn't exactly get along too well when we first met lol.

    Along with my dealing with PTSD when I had first come home. I thought about it for awhile, and decided to do it.


    Oh you know I'm already a fan!
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    Jun 11, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidWhat makes YOUR LIFE so INTERESTING to WRITE about it?
    Fuck that. My life is so interesting that I'm gonna hire a professional writer to do it for me. Eventually.
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    Jun 11, 2010 1:37 AM GMT
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    IHG84 saidA friend of mine thought I should do a graphic novel about my experience in the military, and the relationship I have with my guy and how that all happened since neither of us had ever been with or into men, and we didn't exactly get along too well when we first met lol.

    Along with my dealing with PTSD when I had first come home. I thought about it for awhile, and decided to do it.


    Oh you know I'm already a fan!



    Aww thanks, I decided to do a graphic novel instead of just writing since I can draw and all.

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    Jun 11, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
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    wrestlervic saidWhat makes YOUR LIFE so INTERESTING to WRITE about it?
    Fuck that. My life is so interesting that I'm gonna hire a professional writer to do it for me. Eventually.


    I charge $16/hour or $250/1,000 words.

    As for my own life: I do not yet fully understand it in order to write about it. Plus, much of my life is writing; to add 'writing about my life' would be a challenge I am not quite sure I am up to as of yet.
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    Jun 11, 2010 1:43 AM GMT
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    paulflexes said
    wrestlervic saidWhat makes YOUR LIFE so INTERESTING to WRITE about it?
    Fuck that. My life is so interesting that I'm gonna hire a professional writer to do it for me. Eventually.


    I charge $16/hour or $250/1,000 words.

    As for my own life: I do not yet fully understand it in order to write about it. Plus, much of my life is writing; to add 'writing about my life' would be a challenge I am not quite sure I am up to as of yet.



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    Jun 11, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
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    IHG84 saidA friend of mine thought I should do a graphic novel about my experience in the military, and the relationship I have with my guy and how that all happened since neither of us had ever been with or into men, and we didn't exactly get along too well when we first met lol.

    Along with my dealing with PTSD when I had first come home. I thought about it for awhile, and decided to do it.


    Oh you know I'm already a fan!


    Yeah, I'd read it. Heck, I'd even PAY to read it! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 11, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    Ok, I'm letting my inner curmudgeon out for a stroll.
    In my gay book-group once in a while we have a book that feels very autobiographical. Without fail the main character is a very messed up dude, and how he was always different from all the other guys, can't relate to anybody etc etc.
    I always think the author decided to save on a therapist and instead exorcize his demons into a word-processor.
    Couldn't they at least give a warning on the cover:
    Side-effects may include nausea, depression, feelings of hopelessness. Stop reading this book if your thoughts turn suicidal.
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    Jun 11, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
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    MeOhMy said
    paulflexes said
    wrestlervic saidWhat makes YOUR LIFE so INTERESTING to WRITE about it?
    Fuck that. My life is so interesting that I'm gonna hire a professional writer to do it for me. Eventually.


    I charge $16/hour or $250/1,000 words.

    As for my own life: I do not yet fully understand it in order to write about it. Plus, much of my life is writing; to add 'writing about my life' would be a challenge I am not quite sure I am up to as of yet.



    tranny


    Oh look, a surprise ending!
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    Jun 11, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    If you're interested in checking out your prospective marketability and whether anyone would pay two pennies to read anything about your life, start a blog. Really.

    I started one a while back (www.prozachnation.wordpress.com, if anyone's interested). I don't have a great compelling story to tell or fabulous life to document - pro(zach)nation is just my random musings, observations, and occasional snarky rants. I'm constantly surprised at the response I get from readers (or that I have regular readers, for that matter).

    I've been encouraged often enough that I'm in the process of framing a memoir or two based loosely on the blog. And, surprise surprise, people like it. They compare me to real actual writers I've read and idolized. There are even people out there who have told me they're waiting to read the memoirs. Like, whoa - I've got pre-pre-pre-sales. It's actually pretty exciting, and something I wouldn't have foreseen when I started the blog.

    So yeah...if you can create a narrative and character (my blog alter-ego is me and writes about my life, but it infinitely funnier, better-spoken, and handsomer) that somehow resonates with people, you might have a talent for creative nonfiction. A memoir is meant for entertainment, above all else. If someone tells you they're looking strictly for an inspirational life story of a famous person, tell them to check out the Autobiography section at Barnes & Noble.
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    Jun 11, 2010 3:11 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidIf you feel compelled to create fictitious worlds and people, and write about how that all works out for them, then you're a writer. If you're good, you'll be published and make money even possibly. If you're writing about your own world, your family will be interested, but likely nobody else. My great grandmother kept a diary, of sorts. It was short on details though so it was kind of just a teaser.


    This is why when I'm done writing this volume I am finally saying goodbye to those ever so beautiful years and shipping them to a friend. She has her PhD in creative writing, and we are hoping maybe something good will come of it. Maybe she can create a character about my "mind", maybe she can narrate through all of the erratic thoughts and decisions I've made, or maybe she'll just read them and love me just the same.

    Regardless, I still keep doing it all these years. Besides composing, it's my only other outlet of expression. No one judges, no one is low on minutes, no one, can say 'no', I highly encourage it.

    This is why I think reality TV is the end of self reflection. My life is too fucking amazing to sit back and get caught up in some homemade script of a sitcom.
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    Jun 11, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    The ability to make the banal interesting is the very definition of good writing.
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    Jun 11, 2010 3:33 AM GMT
    I write create and do TV shows, stand up comedy for people in LA, yet i have a degree in nuclear medicine and retired in 05 to develop more sitcom work and still maintain my medical license.

    im a master of many trades. and im working on a pH.d that should be done in 2 months. I also happen to be one of the top martial arts choreographers in the business and fighter when im not busy picking the lint out of my bellybutton


    it works somehow. and i love japanese pocky candy.
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    Jun 11, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    There's a difference between an interesting life and an important life. Having interesting experiences may not be intrinsically important beyond that person's own existence, whereas some of the most important people in the world lead remarkably uninteresting lives.

    So it's a mistake to think that when someone shares what they hope are interesting anecdotes about themselves, it must also mean they think themselves to be important people. I really believe I've led an interesting life myself, with a good ability to recall much of it in detail, but I don't think I'm the least bit important, not someone who does important things. Actually, quite the opposite.

    No, my own vanity is that I think my anecdotes can be entertaining to some, in the same way as telling a joke can be entertaining but not important. I'm not good at making up jokes, but I can find humor in my own misadventures & mishaps, plus they have the added attraction of being glimpses of real life, and sometimes informative & instructive.

    In addition, first-person stories can help make clear what otherwise might take a book to explain. As a single picture can be worth a thousand words, a single story can be worth a thousand explanations. That can make the anecdote itself important, but not necessarily the person who tells it or who lived it.

    So I'll continue to read your personal anecdotes, so long as they keep me entertained & informed. And I hope you'll read mine.
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    Jun 11, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    redheadedryan saidThe ability to make the banal interesting is the very definition of good writing.


    So is the ability to be succinct. Well-stated.
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    Jun 11, 2010 4:13 AM GMT
    LOL! I'm known for the bizarre but true tales that envelope me.

    A quickie: I once slept in the bed of a man just released from prison for brutally torturing and murdering two police officers. I was just the innocent dogsitter while he went on vacation but he was polite enough to tell me about it just as he handed me the house key before leaving.

    Two months later dogsitting again for a different man, I was telling him the story and it turns out he was the prison guard for the cop killer for the last 17 years of his sentence.icon_eek.gificon_confused.gif