So What?

Are the two words “so what?” important in writing and reading an autobiography? They are very important. Without remembering these two words when you’re writing your autobiography you are most likely to go off and write things that have no relevancy to your life, the point you are trying to make, or you simply begin writing silly, unimportant events.

The reader must be able to say “so what?” and have an answer in your book. Otherwise, your story will be left on the shelf, if it even gets there. A story must have ideas, stories, etc…that are relevant to the rest of the book and also that are important. “So what?” is an extremely important phrase to keep in mind when you are writing an autobiography or any book.

Thoreau’s Background In ‘Walden’

“Would Walden (Henry D. Thoreau’s autobiography) benefit from more background on Thoreau’s life?”

In Walden there is not even one page in which Thoreau describes his early life, family (parents and siblings), education, work, etc…. He doesn’t give any background information whatsoever. Therefore, it is hard to know why certain later experiences affected him; why he made certain decisions; why he had certain philosophies.

I definitely think that Walden would benefit greatly from more background information on Thoreau, especially because it is an autobiography.

Darwin’s vs. My Autobiography

What would I do different in my autobiography than Darwin’s?

I found that Charles Darwin’s autobiography, although it had some interesting points, was very boring. Most of the time it included descriptions and events that were not important or interesting (at least to me).

When I write my autobiography I will try to make it interesting, and a page-turner. I do not want to write a boring autobiography, especially after reading Darwin’s.

Mark Twain’s Disjointed Autobiography

“What can I do to make my biography less disjointed than Twain’s?”

In order to make my autobiography less disjointed than Twain’s, I will definitely relate my life either more chronologically or by the main events in my life. Twain’s autobiography did neither of these and after I finished the book, I couldn’t remember his life very well. In other words, the feeling the book left me with was chaos: there wasn’t any order in Twain’s book. I will make my autobiography much more orderly, and hopefully I won’t give the same impression that Twain did.