This week I started reading Mark Twain’s autobiography in English class. While reading the book I made two observations. One, each chapter is no longer than five pages. The longest chapter (so far) was only three pages long. Two, the stories in each chapter are very disjointed. It was if Twain had ideas but did not take the time to sort them out. In this essay I am going to talk about how I plan to make my autobiography less messy.
In Twain’s autobiography he wrote down memories in chronological order. But none of them really connected together. In Public Speaking class we learnt the importance of making one idea flow into another one when we write out speeches. I think that this is also very important when writing a book. I also felt that Twain was telling random stories. While some were important moments of his life, others seemed irrelevant for readers.
When I write my autobiography I will find links between each idea/story so the book flows smoothly and the readers do not feel like they are reading a messy diary. I will also take time to go through my thoughts and memories before I start writing. I will only write about big/impactful moments in my life and not every funny or amusing memory I can think of.
One way to help me do this is to keep a journal. Humans obviously cannot remember each and every day of our lives. Our minds would be very cluttered if we could do this. Keeping a journal will not only give me something to reference back to, but it will also help me remember certain things or details I would have forgotten if I went by my memory alone.
My parents always say that you can learn from other peoples’ mistakes, and that is what I am going to do with my autobiography. It was very smart of Mr. North to give us a disjointed autobiography to read. Now all the students taking the 9th Grade English course will not make the same mistakes Twain did.