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A biography or life story project is a considerable amount of work. Consider the following points to ensure you make the most efficient use of your time and resources.
- Start with a rough timeline to focus your thoughts and ideas. Here is a starter list to get you thinking:
- lessons learned while young
- memorable friends / rivals
- favorite places
- early adulthood
- affairs of the heart
- memorable friends / rivals
- first apartment / home
- countries / cities lived
- places visited
- memorable jobs / coworkers
- later adulthood
- spouse / significant other
- family vacations
- home sweet home
- job history
- the golden years
- overall lifetime considerations
- trials and tribulations
- losses and heartaches
- Once you have your rough outline, consider video and/or audio recording yourself thinking about and discussing each of the topics in the timeline. Don’t worry if you forgot something, just add it in when you think about it and then afterward when you are writing your story you can put everything back into proper sequence.
- Consider transcribing all your recordings because it is much easier to write from the transcription than it is to constantly rewind, pause, fast-forward, pause, rewind… well you get the idea.
- When you write your story, it is important to think about the style of writing and stay consistent throughout the entire piece.
- Although a biography / life story is the documentation of the history of your life, in order for it to be something that people will enjoy reading, you need to embellish the details and add flow and interest. Consider The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell and think about how your life fits in with the fundamental epic storyline discussed.
- Add photos wherever possible to break up the text and add visual interest to inspire the reader. A picture says a thousand words right? Adding photos can really help the person reading the story know the people, places and things that you are talking about.
- When your story is complete, be sure to have another set of eyes have a read-through. Of course, professional editing is a very good idea if you know someone or are willing to pay for the service.
- Finally, be sure to produce a physical book of your life story. If the story remains on your computer or tablet then no one will be able to see it and what happens when you leave this world, it could be lost forever.
The following are a number of FREE resources to help you produce your life story project. Please note that these resources are from third parties and we only provide the links for reference. We are not affiliated with any of these sites so if you have any problems you will need to contact the site owners accordingly.
- The Hemingway Editor helps you to write better
- Do-it-yourself Audio Transcription Tool
- The Science Behind Fonts and How They Make You Feel
- Online Video Conversion Tool
- Background Ambient Noise For Writing
Remember We’re Here To Help You
At any point in your project, if you need a hand we are here for you. Our services are available when you need us and you only pay for the specific services you need.
Our custom web-based life story project management tool is charged as a monthly fee and will help you throughout your project with every aspect and can maintain your audio / video / text and documents as you assemble your story. Contact us for more information.