What’s the one thing you know the most about? Yourself. You know yourself, your memories, and your interpretations of those better than anyone else. Though others might recall slight differences, your life story is uniquely yours, and the emotions and sensory details you associate with individual experiences can never be recreated by anyone except you. But when you can welcome someone else into your world by sharing some experience, you might find that others think you’re as fascinating as you think you are. And then it hits you: you want to write a memoir. The story of your life started long ago, but the behind-the-scenes story starts now with these tips on how to create your own memoir.
You think you’re sooooo interesting, don’t you? Huh?? Well, maybe you’re right. An interesting story need not be one that includes worldwide travels, curing diseases, or any extraordinary feats. But there at least needs to be some story to tell. The My Life Story Journal from Suck UK can get you started with some memories worth telling or that hold a lot of significance for you with a whopping 1080 pages! Jot down that funny thing that happened today, spill your guts about a bad breakup, or add a photo or other item that can transport you back to that moment when ____. The best thing about this life journal is the sheer amount of possibility: blank pages, lined pages, maps, an “about me” page, an “awards and achievements” page…
Once you’ve got some stories down, devise a timeline to decide what memories will get a part in your life story. While largely chronological, this timeline will be mostly based around your purpose. Regardless, it’s important to also attach anything that would engage a reader with your experience, including details and emotions.
Staring at a blank page can be extremely daunting, and even as a writer, I still struggle with how to begin a writing project. Luckily, Writer’s Digest has provided some advice on composing the beginning of your life story, summarized below for you:
Your life story is just that: yours. Make it compelling, controversial, or comedic. But most of all, make it your own!