Matt Was Here Final

Sometimes it is difficult to write a personal story. To open yourself up and share with the world something that has a lot of meaning to you and you want to tell that story the right way so that other people could enjoy it as much as you do. Andre Aciman does that in both his stories titled “Intimacy” and “How Memoirists Mold the Truth.” He opens himself up and you could tell that he puts himself out there for others to see. That is something that I would like to do. I do not think you have to write a version of yourself that is a mirror image of your true self, I think you could write more of a reflection of yourself, at least that is the way I like to think about it. If you are a character in your story then you want the character to be entertaining and interesting. This may result in adding a few embellishments about yourself. I try to write an honest version of myself but I also want the story and character to be first and foremost entertaining. A writer may want to show an alternate version of himself or herself and would therefore like to be perceived in public that way rather than who he or she really is. I am not saying that is what I am doing in my story, but I am also not saying that is not what I’m doing either. There definitely has to be a truth about yourself in the story and often times the seed for an idea will come from a truth. There are also many different ways to express oneself. That could be through a narrative, interview, or poetry. Although writing is not the only way to express yourself. We are constantly expressing ourselves every day through our actions, even though many of the times we don’t even think about it. Also it is important to keep in mind that we may never know how to express our complete self because we may not know our complete self. One reason for this is because we are always changing and we probably don’t even realize it. We change as we get older and gain knowledge and meet new people and go through different experiences. So as we go through life and are expressing a little bit about ourselves along the way it adds up to a nice little story because it is all connected. And as we look back it can tell the story of our lives and how we got to be who we are today. So even though my story is not over yet, I have enjoyed it so far and hope the reader will as well.

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