It’s  too hot to post anything too serious today, but here’s an idea worth considering….try writing a few chapters of childhood events in dramatic narrative, avoiding too much of “we used to do..” and showing the scenes instead.   The reasoning behind my suggesting this form of creative writing boils down to clarity.  Often, when a person starts to write down a life story, themes can shift several times in one chapter, causing the overall effect to become muddled.   For me, the answer lies in writing a sizable chunk (say 3,000 words), then deciding which sections to cut and which bits to develop.

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