Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Want to Write My Own Version of My Prozac Experience
After reading Prozac Nation and seeing the movie, I feel as if I am living in my own version of a Prozac nation. I know I'm not alone and an as you can see from recent posts on my blog, I'm not afraid to admit to all this. And now I feel a desire to write my own version of the book.
I must confess, I kind of wanted to be a writer when I was little but over the years I have slacked off. I would try writing then. I even took creative writing in junior college. But my desire to write a novel sort of faded a long time ago (if I ever did have one to begin with). But now I feel compelled to try again, since I feel I have the perfect subject to write on. One thing I'm not too certain about is to write a memoir (as the author of Prozac Nation did) or to write a fiction novel based on my own experiences. I read a little bit of everything, even a lot of the fantasy novels that have become popular and been made into films. I've read more fiction, than nonfiction, though. This makes it hard to decide, though I can see it becoming a fictionalized account, with some stuff made up and exaggerated, but some based completely or loosely on my real-life experience.
For someone who hasn't tempted to write in along time, is starting now too late? The head of the mental health center I attend says I write well (I've showed her some of the stuff on my blog) so I think
perhaps it can be done. Seeing how a local business owner in my home town recently published a book and that she's older than I am, I don't think it's too late to try. [My birthday was yesterday, BTW, but let's just leave it at that :-)]
Do you feel your life experiences are worth writing about? Would it be a memoir or fiction based on your own life?