From our keynote speech at the Riverton Family Search Center today: we are talking about ten of the most common obstacles people have when it comes to writing their life stories, and how to get around them! In a nutshell:
Think your life isn't interesting enough to write about? Consider this:
A personal history doesn't have to be complete, comprehensive, and chronological. See a good example of a focused memoir:
Start by making a timeline of your life.
Use brainstorming tools such as memory trigger questions, photographs, even music to jog your memory about things past. Once you start jotting memories on a timeline, you will be surprised at how much you can remember.
Don't like to write? Record your stories instead.
Hint: Don't start at the beginning!
Look for the deeper meaning: emotion, change, turning points.
For more information, check out our book "How to Save Your Life, One Chapter at a Time."