My approach to this exercise is to start from where I am. . A SMART plan will allow me to be responsive to the goals I have set forth, the challenges I face, and my methods and timeline for meeting those objectives will require consecutive attention to the writing craft and its developmental possibilities. Central to the decision to devise a viable plan for approaching the training requirements needed to support the development of my writing skills is the commitment to write daily, and write extensively on my life in the present moment, in memory, and through the vision of my future. Both a personal and professional story, the plan will encourage me to dedicate my time to create value within my forthcoming portfolio of work, and in my capacity to respond to the demands of colleagues. . .
My decision to select the autobiography as a vehicle for my development in writing is the lack of artifice it affords. Told from the introspective position, rather than scientific observation, the readily accessible nature of the first-person narrative appeals to me and puts the challenge of writing into a realistic format. one that I can tackle with forward-thinking energy and confidence. Reliant on the most emotive aspects of interpersonal engagement and individual events, autobiography gives fresh insight into the historical record. Autobiography is considered a primary art of self-representation. a life unpacked and rearticulated within the exquisite textual interpretation. Drawing together various conventions of retelling the past, historical memory becomes personal.
From a group perspective, individual life history is not bounded unto itself but is considered both a reflection, and part of a larger social translation of shared experiences, that are historicized at the level of the cultural, community, national, and increasingly global. Autobiography presents us with an encapsulated method of ‘doing history’ and articulating personal experience in the context of external events.