Writing about yourself seems like it would be an easy task – but sometimes sticking too closely to the reality makes it harder to use the interesting techniques that earn high marks.
Writing from personal experience – ‘Me, Myself and I’
You will be given a specific task by your teacher on the theme of ‘Me, Myself and I.’ This task will tell you what the purpose is and who the are – but you may have to work them out from the task.
It is likely that you will be asked to inform the reader about some aspect of your life. Writing about your own life is called ‘autobiography.'
You may be given another purpose – perhaps the task will ask you to use an experience from your own life to help others deal with problems, or another dual-purpose task. Make sure that you think carefully about how to achieve both purposes.
Writing from personal experience can cover all sorts of types of writing: travel writing, stories, inspirational speeches and more.
What is autobiography?
Traditionally, an autobiography tells the story of the writer’s life. But the task will ask you to take a small part of your life and make it into a whole story. Don’t fall into the trap of telling the story of your life with dates and places in order – autobiography is about making something personal into an interesting read which captivates the reader, rather than getting all the boring details in.