This is the fourth part of our serialisation of our upcoming book The Recordalife Guide to Creating Your Memoirs. Every post will be a chapter from this book, which we will make available at the end of the serialisation.
Following our previous articles, you will now have the core ideas of how to proceed when it comes to organising and preparing your first draft of your autobiography. There are several other additional questions that you should ask yourself during the creation of your draft. Examples of these include:
- What were your early childhood struggles like?
- What was your family life like and how did it impact you?
- What hobbies, skills and specialties are you familiar with?
- What relationships in your life have defined you?
- How much formal education, school, and college do you have?
- Were you in the military, achieved special recognition for social clubs, fraternities, organizations, etc have you done?
- What achievements in your life have you mastered and would adversity did you overcome to do so?
- What special knowledge do you have that set you apart from other people?
- Do matters of faith or special situations impact your life?
- What are the core issues and knowledge you wish to impart?
- What information do readers desperately want to know that you can teach them?
- What other events shaped your life (i.e. accident, disorders)?
- What trips have you taken that add to your autobiography?
You can structure these questions into the main sections of your life story. For example, at Recordalife, when we interview people to capture their memoirs and create their autobiography, we have five main sections/chapters:
- Birth & Childhood
- Adult Life
- Life Experiences
- The Future
By creating questions within each chapter, we, and you, can then build a real picture of your life.
Of course there many other questions you can add in addition to our list above, but if you answer these you will be well on your way to compiling all of the correct information you need to publish an amazing autobiography.
In Part 5 we will look at how you can make your manuscript attractive and resonate with your readers.
In the meantime, 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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