Fictivity: Life Narratives

Try this as an exercise. Please don’t overthink it — this isn’t psychoanalysis, just a small study into the way that writers (and other artists) interact with their imaginations.

Divide your life roughly into thirds. For example, it you’re 27 years old, then your life has three sections — 0 to 9, 9 to 18 and 18 to 27. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get an exact division, that’s not what this is about.

Take a look at the first third of your life and see if you can answer these questions — again, without too much introspection or assignation of significance:

Does the first third of your life start happily or not?

What then occurs — a downturn, an upswing or a stasis?

How does it end — happily, sadly, or neutrally?

In that first third, was there an old