As a writer, you may be drawn to write fiction or you may be interested in nonfiction. Either way, you can write the story of your own life. If you like nonfiction, then pen down an autobiography. If you like fiction, then you can fictionalize your life’s story and pen down a novel. Most writers draw inspiration from their own lives while developing their fictional stories. Some writers acknowledge it and some don’t.
You might wonder if the story of your life would interest anyone, unless you are someone very famous, successful or wealthy. Well, people like unique stories, especially those that are relatable. If the story of your life is interesting, then it can be just as good as any bestseller that has rolled out in recent times.
The real challenge is to write the story of your own life. How do you begin, what do you write, how can you stay emotionally disconnected while writing which is essential to avoid being overindulgent. Here’s a quick guide to help you write the story of your own life.
Emotions Is The Key
It doesn’t matter how you have lived your life, what you have accomplished and what you haven’t; what matters is the emotions. You can pick any bestseller of any era and you would realize that the books were high on emotions. Every genre of storytelling requires certain key emotions. Readers don’t connect with the characters in a story, they relate to the emotions that the characters are experiencing, which could be joy or sorrow, love or hatred, surprise or shock, hope or disappointment.
The Turning Points Are The Story Of Your Life
When you write a story, even if it is of your own life, don’t engage in the mundane. You don’t have to write what you did every summer, winter, weekend or weekdays. You have to write about that special summer, that rare adventure, the unintentional mistake, the day when something important changed and the time when your life was no longer the same. These are what make a story worth reading.
Write Everything That’s Worth Remembering
Write every facet of your life that is worthwhile. You can always review it or rewrite it to do away with certain aspects and add in some new elements. Begin with everything that you remember and you will be surprised to see that you remember more than what you thought you did.
Have A Purpose, Tell A Story
Finally, you should have a purpose behind telling your story. There could be a message, some thoughts, certain unprecedented elements or a particular theme. Without a purpose, no story is worthwhile.
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