Monday, March 23, 2009

Is Your Life a Drama?

If you're a beginning writer, perhaps your first forays into writing might be about your own life. After all, who knows the story better than you do. Different from writing a memoir, a personal drama story contains a dramatic element.

Think about what has happened in your life. Have you overcome a serious illness? Have you survived a flood or hurricane? Have you been lost on a mountain? Have you survived a serious car crash? Are you a foster parent or have you adopted twelve children? Any of these things could turn into dollars for you at a number of magazines. Personal drama stories are always popular. People like reading about what happens to other people - especially if it's something which is a life-changing event. These stories readily sell to a variety of magazines including men's and women's magazines and news weeklies.

Of course, for your story to sell, there are certain elements which must be present. It should be both timely and dramatic. Does it have a clear beginning, middle and end? This should be a story about something which happened directly to you, otherwise it isn't a personal drama story.

Keep in mind that you can't just sit down and narrate what happened. This has to be a compelling story with verifiable facts, intriguing details, and written in your own voice. If other people are involved with your story, be sure to let them know and obtain their permission to share the information. Good luck and happy writing.

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