I Want to Write My Life Story…But Where Do I Start?!

I Want to Write My Life Story…But Where Do I Start?!
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Hi Angela,

I have been told over and over by professional people, after they hear some of my life story, that I should write a book about my life. I have thought about it often over the last few years but I just don’t know how to go about it. I was born in Jerusalem. My father and uncle were involved in the 6 day war, and my uncle (a member of the PFLP) was sentenced to 125 years in prison. Long story there. We moved to the USA in 1978 and my father ran the home with an iron fist, became a gang member, and did all that comes along with that life style. He also went to prison for many years. I mean, there is so much to say. Please can you guide me?

Thank you so much.

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If you are not a professional writer with experience outlining and organizing a story line (including non-fiction), this is what I recommend –

Sit down at your computer, pretend you’re telling your life story to a friend, and let your fingers do the talking. You can even use a tape recorder first, and either transcribe your own words later, or hire someone to do it. Please note that the transcription method will take far longer, and may even prevent you from following through on finishing the book someday.

Later, during the editing process, you can move different parts around to either:
1. put them in a chronological sequence or
2. organized each section or chapter by topic

And, I strongly recommend hiring a professional editor. See:
http://newsletter.booklocker.com/freelanceeditors

Please also see:

HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY  It contains hundreds of memory triggers. 🙂

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“Remember Your Past, Write It, and Publish It in as little as 12 weeks!”

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One Response to "I Want to Write My Life Story…But Where Do I Start?!"

  1. William Pepe  August 4, 2016 at 6:24 am

    My article “Fantastic Memoir Tips” in your May 27, 2015 issue. That article may be of some encouragement to him/her..