Use of characters in an autobiography

by George Mozes
(Oceanside, CA USA)

I intend to write my autobiography. I am 79 years old and had an inspiring life. I was asked by many friends and acquaintances to write the story of my life. I am now ready to do it. I have the "golden thread" for the book and it does not involve, nor does it require the presence of characters. The only exception would be my father, my mother and a dear, older friend who was my role model.

So I have this question: Do I need to have well created/developed characters in my autobiography?

Thank you very much for your help.


Response: I would assume you have had some people in your life who played a major role in who you are and the things you have done. In an autobiography, these people will usually make an appearance.

Of course, I don't know your life and it may be you have few long-term relationships that matter to your story. If that is the case, I don't see an intrinsic problem. You may just have more people who play a minor role in the story.

Of course, all the characters will likely be seen through your eyes rather than being point-of-view characters.

Best of luck.

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