First, I want you all to know that Friday is another FREE DAY! If you need an editor, writer, or story consultant (which you probably do whether you know it or not), Friday’s your day. Simply fill out the form at the bottom of my writer page and I’ll work on your stuff for free this Friday until the work day ends… within reason. (No, I won’t line edit your 500,000 word autobiography in Swahili. Sorry). Two words:
Last time, I didn’t get to everybody. I already have submissions for this friday so get yours in ASAP to reserve your spot.
Second, some of you might be wondering “What’s the Story Our Life page for?”
So glad you asked…
I started Story Our Life back in 2008ish after starting The Brothers Karamazov. Someone told me that Dostoevsky’s characters in that book represent him at different portions in his life. Whether that’s true or not, it collided with my then quest for self-preservation via biography. No, I didn’t think my life was worthy of biography at the time. I just felt finite, small, mortal. I wanted a legacy, to live on.
When the legacy and the Dostoevsky collided, I thought, “What if a community did that? What if there was a novel that summed up the life stories of some seven-hundred people.” I set up firstname.lastname@example.org and started collecting stories. The idea is once I have three-to-five life stories that overlap in theme, content, or relational position–I combine those stories into a character. That character embodies the life stories of those three-to-five people. Then I take those roughly seventy characters and make them main and side characters in a novel and let them interact. Continue reading