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Creative Nonfiction

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Chloe Sparacino

on 7 March 2014

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Transcript of Creative Nonfiction

A dramatic personality skillful at introspection
Her memoir contains her personal reflections on the difficulty of writing her story. Despite all obstacles, she keeps writing.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Mary Karr
Augusten Burroughs
just when you think his situation could not get any worse, it does.
Jaycee Dugard
“Understanding what happened in the past is rarely truly possible. Because true understanding must incorporate context. Not merely what we experienced, but why. And the why requires knowing the motivations of the other people involved. Without the perspective of this context, our understanding will always be biased; it will be from a single perspective: Ours. And therefore, not necessarily accurate or true.” - from
This is How

an alcoholic, violent father, a narcissistic, emotionally-incestuous mother. His childhood is full of chaos, addiction, and relationship dysfunction, including sexual abuse from an older man.
“Without Warren’s hands cupping my own face, I’m almost faceless. I need his body in bed and his books on my shelves anchoring me to the planet. I need him ahead of me to complete a two-mile run, else I give up and light a smoke.”
Lit, page 95

“This has turned out to be a very hard book to write. Part of me does not want to continue. To reenter the state of mind I was at that age is difficult and twists my insides...To get inside my head and relive all this stuff that happened back then is terribly hard for me.... I want to go on and I will finish it...”
A Stolen Life, page 42
a diary of her captivity
juicy details, dark humor, and blunt self-awareness
Creative Nonfiction Memoir
reflective, honest, sensitive, self-deprecating
Donald Miller
Shattered Dreams
An autobiographical account of Irene’s life as a polygamist’s wife in a fundamentalist Mormon community.
My Life As A Polygamist's Wife by Irene Spencer
by John Bradshaw
by Viktor Frankl
A Man's Search For Meaning
No One Belongs Here More Than You
July’s stories often involve a woman trying to make sense of the world while doing and saying bizarre things and engaging in unusual relationships. Her style is frank, self-aware, and bold. Her stories have an erotic edginess to them, and unconventional, like the main character is a lesbian or a stripper or having sex with a minor or a married man.

by Miranda July
the poetic voice of a woman yearning to be loved
Maya Angelou
by Steven Pressfield
The War of Art
Were you put on this earth to be a painter a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you've got.

Are you a born writer?
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