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Subset of memoir or traditional fiction?

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#1 LWFlouisa


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Posted 21 July 2016 - 12:48 AM

I was wondering, how much of your life is required to truly count as a memoir? I always tended to be one of those where I create entirely fictional characters as metaphors for a motif of a personal feeling that was common when I was writing any particular book.


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 03:31 PM

I'm not sure I understand the question. If you're writing about yourself -- your real life -- it would fit as memoir. If you're using elements of your life as metaphor for something, that sounds like fiction to me. There's no litmus test I know of that determines whether you're writing memoir or fiction. I think all of us who write fiction include parts of our lives -- consciously or unconsciously -- into our writing. That's part of writing fiction.

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