National Life Writing Month

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Today’s post is about National Life Writing Month. Not only do we have turkey and Nanowrimo going on in November, we also have life writing.

What the heck is life writing anyway? From my searches online, I’ve found that life writing is about autobiographies, biographies and memoirs. Really, anything having to do with sharing personal narratives through the written word.

It’s funny that I’m writing this on the heels of the release of Mark Twain’s autobiography and my decision to put it on my wish list for Christmas. I’m intrigued to read about the life of a man who’s touched so many people with his written works.

And even funnier that I write this after beginning a poem yesterday about being the daughter of immigrants. I’d been thinking of writing about my life as a child speaking Spanish at home and English everywhere else. It’s not a memoir or autobiography, but the poem is a look at my childhood as an interpreter/tutor/bilingual child.

So Freshman Writers, today’s prompt in celebration of National Life Writing Month is to write anything based on your personal life. If you’ve started a piece already, try expanding it or start a new one. For those of you who may be reluctant, try writing in a journal. Feel free to keep it for your eyes only so that you can be as open as possible.

Happy Writing!