I get it. Nobody said it was easy talking about yourself. Writing creative nonfiction is an act of exposure, and that can be a little bit daunting. (And also liberating.)
At the same time, nobody said you have to tell us all of your secrets. Your true story, the story you need to tell, isn’t always factual, the facts, is not a list (or maybe it is).
Your story might have only taken place in the adventurous part of your brain, when you, in reality, are afraid of vertical heights as a general rule.
That’s okay, as long as you’re clear, as long as you define that universe for us, give your reader the cues to understand that vantage point.
The truth is, there’s a unique story (or many) in each of us. A version of telling that only you can do. All you need is a handy toolbox of ideas and techniques and a little bit of time.
In my upcoming class, “Five Short Weeks, Five Short Essays,” we’ll storm our brains to come up with ideas for several essays; examine how to frame them; explore how much you to put in and how much to leave out, keep for only you; and we’ll read great examples of contemporary creative nonfiction. Plus, we’ll talk a little bit about how to send your work out into the world.