This is the sixth installment of our serialisation of our upcoming book The Recordalife Guide to Creating Your Memoirs. Every post will be a section from this book, which we will make available at the end of the serialisation.
Getting Read to Write Your Autobiography
In Part 3 we previously discussed how flowcharts could prepare you to write your autobiography. Here we are going to expand upon this to get you more focused and ready to sit down and create effective memoirs that will lead to your first draft of your autobiography.
In order to get started, we are going to need a few things:
- Several notepads, a diary and note cards.
- Information that you have recorded (or will begin to record) that you are ordering into memoirs.
- An audio recording device (or smartphone app) that allows you to take notes regardless of what you’re doing.
Your very first step will be to record information regularly, ideally daily, as you recall events in your life. You should take notes, write in your diary from this point forward about events that are taking place in your life currently and carry that recorder or Smartphone recording app with you at all times so that when you remember information, you can simply speak it and recorded on paper or your computer at a later time.
Of course when we say record on paper, what we’re really saying is some way for you to write this information down so that it can be organised in processed later; but sometimes writing things on paper is good too.
Once you have all this information together and you’ve been taking notes for several weeks, you should then sit down again with the understanding of organising this information in an effective manner so that you can eventually write from your memoirs, directly into your first draft of your autobiography.
Your note should include the following:
- All important current events and happenings from this day forward.
- Noteworthy achievements, events and happenings organised in a chronological order on note cards.
- Portable MP3 recording (on a dedicated device or smartphone) that can further be used for the creation of content including an audio version of your draft (or simply used as an additional form of note taking).
From this point forward, you simply need to organize all of the information into a timeline or series of events that are chronologically ordered. Once you have achieved this, you can begin to write your autobiography to drastically expand the storyline and make it all entertaining as well as informative.
In Part 7 we will look at why writing your memoirs matters.
In the meantime, Recordalife provides services that take care of writing your memoirs for you, making it easy and enjoyable – we interview you using our proven method, and capture your memories and history, and record them into wonderful keepsakes in the form of full-colour hardback books and ebooks, and audio CDs and MP3 files. We love chatting with people about their lives, so if you have any questions or need advice, please do Contact Us for a friendly chat.
You can also see a sample Life Story chapter by clicking on the link below, to get a good idea of how your memoirs may look in a professionally-designed, edited and printed book.
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