The problems with writing an autobiography can be daunting. These range from its chronology, change of character, the experience of the writer, and wisdom of age.
There are some problems involved in writing an autobiography. These affect the way that such an autobiography appears to readers. These are limitations many readers may not suspect but nevertheless exist.
A problem with the chronology
Chronologically such developments might be a problem. Recalling events could be out of order. This could be the result of poor records or the ability through memory lapses to put the events in sequence. Such confusion could lead to inaccuracies and unreliable conclusions.
Change of characters
Many autobiographies have problems in so far that they do not make use of the real names of characters that they are quoting. Obviously, while they do this to protect the identity of individuals, in many cases these narratives run the gamut of being unauthentic. It takes a rather skillful writer to circumvent these impediments.
Is the writer able to be objective while providing a colorful narrative? Will there be exaggerations? What is included and excluded? These are all questions that such a writer has to ask. What is the writer’s emotional state? Is he inclined to put things into perspective based on the period in which he lived?
The experience of the writer
Does the writer overestimate his experience? Such a writer might tend to exaggerate his experiences in writing their autobiography. A writer might praise his attributes, make excuses for his shortcomings, and promote his own agenda.
Lapses in memory
For a writer it must be recalled that there would be obvious lapses of memory. Many such writers might slip up in trying to recall information that was vital to their narrative. This might be more so based on age than the experiences of the writers.
Wisdom of age
For an autobiographer, wisdom of age would still be an asset. Could be, the younger the writer, the less he might be able to depict the nuances of his life. This point could be debatable. Nevertheless, many persons tend to feel that the older a person the wiser he might be in putting his incidents into perspective.
The use of media
With the proliferation of all types of media, an autobiographer could turn to recordings e.g., written, audio and visual, as vital sources for his work. The only problem is, there could be gaps and inaccuracies in these points
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of time depictions.
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