It is disturbingly easy to break your life down into story beats.
If you were asked to, it would probably take you a matter of minutes to sift through every experience that you remember, separating what's useful from what's not. Not just that, but you could spin your life into /several/ stories - each with a different set of events, sometimes overlapping but framed in different ways, conveying a different mood and serving a different purpose. The same memory could be a comedic vignette in one story and a meaningful turning point in another. The absolute crux of one story might not even /appear/ in another.
Now imagine spinning stories out of a life you've only heard about /in stories/ - I know, I'm asking you to imagine the entire genre of historical fiction, but bear with me here. Not o