Writing My Life Story
One of the most common things that concern people when deciding, I’m writing my life story or autobiography is that they are too young. For some reason, they seem to have become attached to an image of a much older person recounting tales of his life to a waiting scribe, sat in a nursing home chair waiting for his time to end. Thankfully this is a myth; you are never too young to start telling your story as it is all about the events within.
What is Your Story?
Think of your life story as a novel – who are the primary protagonists (be sure to count yourself here, you are the most important one) and what has happened to you during the life you have already lived. There is a changing tide among the younger generation of pop stars and actresses, and many are now releasing biographies when they are still in their 20’s. If you have a story to tell by this age, then you could certainly consider it. Malala Yousafzai for example released her autobiography when she was just 20 – but with a title of I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban – it is clear to see why that is something people would want to read.
People are Interested in Other People’s Lives
There are many fantastic autobiographies written by people in their 40’s and 50’s and not just those that are famous. Finding out about what happened to other people plays to the human desire for curiosity. They like to hear stories of triumph over tragedy, rags to riches, and things that just pique interest. Paralympians are an inspiring source of reading, and many of them will release their life stories in middle age. People like to feel that they are not alone in the world and seeing the words on the page describing how someone overcame adversity to achieve something great, helps them find the strength to push on in their own lives. Miley Cyrus may be just a pop princess and child actress but her book Miles to Go hit the shelves before she left her teen years and was a best selling hit.
Who Are You Now?
If you were asked to write a very brief outline charting your life story from your 10th birthday to your current life you may laugh and say you only need a post-it note. However, when you start actually to break down what you have been through, you may be surprised at the sides of A4 beginning to fill up. Most people live a life that has exciting twists and turns, that is what makes us unique individuals. By the time you are reaching your mid-forties you might be surprised to discover that you probably do have books worth of experience waiting to be told – so why not go for it. Some people release a life story at a younger age to help others. Chelsea Rae Swiggett for example, may not be a household name, but her book written when she was 20, Rae: My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social Phobia, is a truly inspiring read that may well help others.
Across the Generations
One of the lovely things about telling your story when you are in your middle age years is that you can share it with a broader section of friends and family. You may still have grandparents alive who would love to read about your adventures, especially if you were geographically separated as you grew up. Sharing your travels and career development may not sound much but to other people, it is genuinely fascinating, and they would love to read it. If something happens in the future then you can always release a new version – Richard Branson just did, and he was not the first, and indeed won’t be the last – so why not start your biography today.
Writing your life story or autobiography isn’t easy, but getting the right help makes it much easier. From understanding what goes into your autobiography or memoir to ensuring you have a fabulous process and format, it is essential you have guidance. At Recordalife we are experts in building life stories, and we would be delighted to help you capture yours or those of a loved one, because there is no such thing as an ordinary life.