Cover Photo: The author shares a scan of his SEPTA key and has left notes about what it reminds him of.
Photograph courtesy of the author

Writing the Autobiography of Your Stuff

The detritus of our lives can serve as a cannon for fiction or nonfiction writing.

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3.) Use what you have as a jumping-off point now for something else. Either try to merge two of your ideas in longer-form prose, or try this with another object and try to bridge the gaps between them. Have fun excavating the junk drawer of your mind.


Krys Malcolm Belc is the author of the memoir The Natural Mother of the Child (Counterpoint) and the flash nonfiction chapbook In Transit (The Cupboard Pamphlet). Krys lives in Philadelphia with his partner and their three children and works as en educator in a pediatric hospital.