To some people, writing their autobiography might be the kind of excruciating task, because it needs honesty as well as clarity. In writing it, you should be intent to focus your past and tell it relevantly to your readers. It is also a challenging task to write about you in an objective way, for you should not only touch the flattering moments, but also illustrate those less-than-honorable periods. In one word, you should be courageous enough to demonstrate the true picture of yourself. Here are a few tips you could follow when you are planning to write your own autobiography.
1. You should begin with writing an outline of your life and try to not miss any detail. By doing so, you could start from the date of your birth and move on to the cut-off age you have set for your autobiography.
2. You had better refresh your memories of the past by going through the old photo albums of your family. In some cases, you might not remember the crucial moments, so looking at old photographs could help refresh your memory and regain your exact emotions.
3. Reading over old diaries or journals would provide a gateway to your past, assisting you to recapture your state of mind at the time when some important events took place. In addition, you should also find out old letters or emails for further reading, taking note of your emotions at that time.
4. It is a good way to talk with your parents, siblings, other family members as well as friends for the different perspectives on the key events in your life, because these interviews would help you find the value of a certain event and understand better the lessons you’ve learned before.
5. It is strongly suggested that you should choose the 10 most pivotal events in your life and then concentrate on the details regarding such events. On one hand, you should make effort to capture your emotions, and on the other, you should illustrate the impact of these moments left on your life. Such moments could include a parent’s death, having a new pet or moving a different school. However, the reason you highlight these moments is that they have become the catalysts for your life.
6. It is better to go with a theme for your autobiography. It may be a theme of amazing grace, abiding happiness, forgiveness, patience, redemption or others. When you have decided a theme, you should begin to go for the same angle in all 10 of your key events. Although your story would not definitely give the moral to the readers, you should try hard to convey the theme to your readers in every possible way.
7. It is kindly recommended that before writing your autobiography, you should take time to read other people’s autobiographies. It would help you learn the way in which other people have recorded their life story, thus giving you some inspiration in regard to writing yours.
8. Before writing your autobiography, you should identify your readers. Do you write for your children, family, friends or the general public? Or do you do it just for yourself for getting more clarity? The identification of your readers will decide the tone of your autobiography; it would be informal one for your loved ones. If it is for the general public, you should be more careful in the way that you characterize the different people in your life.
9. When you start with your autobiography, you just keep writing it with abandon now and edit yourself later. It would be easier to write down everything coming to mind, and then look back and cut out of the parts that you think are unnecessary after you have completed the autobiography.
10. Try to be specific. It is suggested by many writers that you should deal with your autobiography in a general way. However when you delve into the details, people could draw parallels from their own lives.