Writing your own or a family member's life story? Here's help.
For some, engaging in the creative process of writing your story (or the story of a family member) is a long-held dream. And they need just a little help to get started. Or to keep writing. Or to push through to the last page.
As a teacher at heart, I love helping people write. As a personal historian, I especially love sharing about the craft of writing life stories.
There's so much to know—how do I organize my memories? how do I transition from one episode to the next? how do I use research material? how do I take my draft and turn it into a real book?
These are a few of the common questions I hear. Along with many more. Questions most people don't know they'll have when they embark on their life story project, but which too easily stop them in their tracks just when they thought they've figured it all out.
If you have the creative urge to put your story—or a loved one's—down on paper, I want to help.
A great place to start is with my podcast, "Your Story, Your Legacy." It's made specifically for people who want to write a life story book to share with their family, friends, and future generations. Find it and helpful articles on the blog/podcast page.
And if you're ready to get started writing, I invite you to sign up for emails that will show you how.
Have questions about the life story writing process?
I'm always interested in the challenges people face when writing their life story. If something has you stymied, drop me an email and I'll try to help you figure it out.
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"It was a wonderful experience. It brought back memories that had been a part of my life story that I had not thought about for years....An interesting read—a wonderful tool for my great-grandchild to get to know who I am. I found Amy to be a wonderful listener and someone who was able to put into book form an interesting tale."
"You are terrifically talented!!!"
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