How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classic Guide for the Nonprofessional Writer

Writing the story of one’s life sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This warmhearted, encouraging guide helps readers record the events of their lives for family and friends. Excerpts from other writers’ work are included to exemplify and inspire. Provided are tips on intriguing topics to write about, foolproof tricks to jog your memory, ways to capture stories on paper without getting bogged down, ways to gather the facts at a local library or historical society, inspired excerpts from other writers, and published biographies that will delight and motivate.

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  1. Best book I’ve found for life story writing More than seven years ago I decided to get some folks together to write our life stories. I haunted bookstores looking for the ideal book, and when I came across Lois Daniel’s book, I knew it was the right one. That was her Third Edition. The updated Fourth Edition presents the same material, plus a couple of extra chapters. 

  2. The classic memoir writing book: a grandmother of them all. I have taught memoir courses from this book, so examined most others in the field of writing one’s own life story. This was the first, and I think, the best. Author makes the task manageable with “get started” topics that trigger memories, inspiring samples from her real-life writing classes, and helpful tips. Perfect if you have an elderly parent or grand- who should record his/her life for family archives…or if you want to do it yourself.

  3. Makes the task of writing about your life not so overwhelming I am teaching a life history class for the first time and am using Lois Daniel’s book as part of my curriculum. I like the fact that she breaks down the book into categories and reminds you that you do not have to write in chronological order or even whole categories at once. She is informal and supportive, gives many writing examples and even has a section about do’s and don’ts. She also does not restrict her teachings to only older individuals, but encourages younger people to begin their…

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