Heddwen wrote:Have you undertaken this type of work both for personal pleasure or for publication? What angle did you use? Did you tie it in with your druidry/religious path in any way? Any advice or tips would be gratefully received.
I prefer essay-like diary entries (have a ton of those, something like a private blog of mine), but I will also make autobiographical sketches or notes from time to time. I tend to write about specific occasions from my past which I don't want to forget, and I focus either on people (my aunt, for example, or my loves) or on events that brought on some sort of a lasting realization/ change in me. Many of those are tied with my current spiritual path because they've made me what I am and shaped my beliefs.
I have no advice to offer, I am quite an amateur, but one thing helps me a lot: being uncannily truthful
with myself. Past is always distorted in some ways in our mind due to the passage of time, but I also find I tend to "beautify" it on a more conscious level, so that it sounds nice. When writing, I give my best to remove this need to excuse myself, or make the past more palatable, or give it a literary edge. And it's not always easy! But I learn a lot about myself and my personal fears and desires in this way, it can be a very purifying process.
Good luck with your writing!