Life Story Quotes (100 quotes)
How to Narrate Your Life Story
Luckily, this form is an ideal medium for beginners, as well as those hoping to get back in the writing saddle. It allows you to dip a toe into the vast ocean of literary creation without drowning, while also challenging you to be effectively concise. If you'd like to download our free checklist on submitting your writing, skip ahead to the appropriate section below!
Putting Yourself in the Story
Not just any old story, but the story of your life, the road map that got you to where you are today. I mean, why would anyone be interested in hearing our story anyway? I used to write fiction. I loved hiding behind the facades of the characters I created. But then my work led me into writing for a magazine where people share their personal stories, and I found myself on unfamiliar territory. I thought my past was empty and depressing.
Many people have a story to tell. If you are just writing for your family, that story might be different than if you were writing your story to be read by the general public. If your life was a harsh one you may not want to include the real names of the people involved. You may also want to consider whether your life story could be written as fiction. Write down everything you can think of that you want to include in your life story. Write scenes of your life that you want to include in your story on different sheets of paper or index cards. This is one place I recommend using the old-fashioned way of writing by using pen and paper.
There's an old adage that there's a book in everyone. True, but not everyone is a natural writer.
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Step by Step Guide: How to Start Writing a Novel about My Life
Show less Writing about yourself can seem embarrassing at first. Cover letters, personal essays, and bio notes about yourself come with some specific tricks and tips that can make it a lot less intimidating when choosing style and content. Learn the basics and you will be able to make your personal writing stand out. Try again! You don't want to sound like a braggart when writing about yourself, because that will immediately turn people off. Even if you are genuinely impressive, you need to avoid sounding like you're boasting about it.
When authenticity and vulnerability are the current gold standards of writing, how much of you must you give to your readers? I am a very private person. My most popular stories on this platform are memoir: the time I met my favorite rock band, the time I was on TV. Even in factual articles I have found that some personal detail inevitably finds its way in. The story that got the most responses many of them off-Medium, through text messages or even actual face-to-face contact was where I talked about my depression. I wrote this by accident — I had intended to write about musicians and depression, after the death of Frightened Rabbit front-man Scott Hutchison. However the words that came out were all about me.
For love and honor? What drove me me to spend months doing nothing else but researching and writing the story of my father a few years ago was the notion that he was a man who lived a good, honorable life before it was cut short by cancer, raising his family without scandal or hurt; and for that, I thought, he deserved to be recognized. That was my why. And I said as much in the introduction to his story. Never would he have imagined that one day people would be reading about his life, but they did. That was my reward — along with the wonderful bonus that in the process of writing that book I learned more about him than I ever would have otherwise.