Writing your life story can be easy and rewarding…if you know the right way to go about it. For instance, you’ve read real-life stories by famous authors that were as riveting as fiction, but they were based on reality. But believe it or not your own story can be just as good or even better if you follow the rules. Your Life Story reveals my approach to writing autobiography or memoir and you might be interested in how it works.
But first, take a look at other authors who have written great books based on personal experience.
Writers such as Isaak Dinesson (Out of Africa), Peter Mayle (A Year in Provence), Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) all started at exactly the same place you are now — with a story to tell and a great need to tell it.
These experts knew that ‘a journey starts with a single step’. If you never begin to write your story you will never, ever finish! The most important thing in the world, as far as your life story is concerned, is that you get started and keep going so that you can enjoy the rewards.
What do you need to get started?
My book Your Life Story is a resource for anyone who wants to kick-start the writing process and produce a high quality, interesting manuscript that captures all the meaningful, rewarding, sometimes difficult but always interesting events of your life so far.
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If you feel overwhelmed at the idea of writing a book, you’re not alone.
Have you ever heard this joke?
Q: How do you eat an elephant?
A: One bite at a time.
It’s a great reminder that our chances of success increase dramatically when we approach a big job by breaking it into smaller chunks.
Your Life Story contains tips for avoiding the problems that writers often face with large writing projects by walking you through the process in a series of chapters.
- Chapter 1 is about deciding on a plan of action and organizing your material. First thoughts are often the most valuable. You’ll focus on digging for diamonds in the mountain of your experience.
- Chapter 2 is about choosing the right framework for your story. What approach will you take to storytelling? There are a number of different options to choose from.
- Chapter 3 delves further into the treasure troves that research can open up, and shows how imagination can expand that material into fascinating detail.
- Chapter 4 is about bolting it all together and smoothing the rough edges with a few simple tools — grammar!
- Chapter 5 deals with lovers and losers, or what to do when there are too many ‘home truths’
- Chapter 6 looks at where you will be at the end of the process. Has your understanding of the past changed?
Often what we think of as ‘writer’s block’ is simply just confusion about what to do next. But it’s difficult to start a journey without a roadmap. That’s why Your Life Story begins with the end in mind: where are you taking your readers?
Stories need shape and structure if they are to provide a coherent reading experience, and even if the reader is only ever going to be you, a disjointed narrative will not supply you with the satisfaction of having captured the details of your life in a way that flows easily through from beginning to conclusion.
The truth is you don’t have to be a ‘great writer’ to write your life story.
Writing is a skill that can be honed like any other. I’ve come up with tips and strategies to make your book particularly enjoyable to read for your family, friends, the wider community and especially for yourself.
- How to find the right formula for your story
- How to identify your major characters
- How to find the right resolution to your life story
K H Rennie–
P.S. Looking back to the past can help you find meaning in events that once seemed negative, troublesome, or even traumatic. Placing these events in the context of a coherent narrative allows you to see your story as a chosen path rather than a series of accidents. You will, if you follow the guidelines in my ebook, arrive at a point where your story has taken on a life of its own to the extent that you see connections and sequences that were once hidden or allowed to go unacknowledged.
If you think you want to write your life story, you owe it to yourself to get going on it now. Let Your Life Story help you make those ideas a tangible, download-able reality and stop putting off what could turn out to be an amazing life-changing experience.
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