How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classic Guide for the Nonprofessional Writer by Lois DanielWriting the story of one’s life sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This warmhearted, encouraging guide helps readers record the events of their lives for family and friends. Excerpts from other writers’ work are included to exemplify and inspire. Provided are tips on intriguing topics to write about, foolproof tricks to jog your memory, ways to capture stories on paper without getting bogged down, ways to gather the facts at a local library or historical society, inspired excerpts from other writers, and published biographies that will delight and motivate.
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10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book
Memoirs can be very complex pieces of work. It takes a lot of skill and craft to be able to write down intimate details about your life for others to read and learn from. With your FREE training , we can help you understand HOW to start a book and self-publish it so the maximum number of people can enjoy it. Click here to save your spot. How many people can say they wrote a book detailing the most impactful moments of their lives?
During my MA in Creative Writing 10 years ago, writing the story of your life was somewhat frowned upon. I could never marry the two strands of thinking. How are you supposed to write about what you know, but not be allowed to use your life as inspiration? In both novels I used my life as a mere reference to the time and subject matter of these two stories. So I started a series of posts, telling the story of my life, of how I met and married my English husband. You scream — a novel?
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. In this article, I offer 10 steps for writing a book along with 10 bonus steps.
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What Qualifies as a Memoir?
Many people have a story to tell. If you are just writing for your family, that story might be different than if you were writing your story to be read by the general public. If your life was a harsh one you may not want to include the real names of the people involved.
I can't tell you how often people come up to me and say, "Tell me how to write a book about my life. I get goose bumps every time I hear that someone is going to write their life story or biography. Your own personal history could be one of the most important books you ever write. Your family background and heritage has essential information for you, your immediate family and those hundreds of people who are and will be your children, grandchildren, great grand children and When I hear that someone will be writing about their lineage, their ancestors, children, jobs, and lifestyle, I know I'm talking to someone who really knows the value of that kind of information. And my job is to make it as easy as possible. My job is to help you put it in book form so it becomes more than just a diary or a journal.
Can you help me? If we hear it often enough, we start to take it seriously. And five baskets does not a Kobe Bryant make. Do not pursue publishing. Read my posts about writing memoir. Here they are: Posts about Memoir. Begin immediately writing down your story.