I know many aspiring authors want to write a good story, usually fiction, that will engage readers and ultimately make them some money once it becomes published. I have not had an easy time of coming up with a fictional story line, characters, etc. to write about. There are some plot ideas that have popped in my head that might make for a good story, but the words just have not flowed from my brain to the page. Poetry comes to my mind more readily, and lately, I have been thinking about writing non-fiction. Perhaps this is my "calling" so to speak, to write from experience, tell about lessons learned, to touch someone in similar circumstances, and to give hope.
We each have life stories to tell and while you may think your life is boring, unexciting and uninteresting, I am sure you can pull a lot of worthwhile facts from it, to make a story. I want to write about my life, drawing from my earliest childhood memory to the present, leaving my children my legacy, of sorts, so that they can add their own story to it and pass it on to their children. As we get older and life happens, it is so easy to forget things, whether good or bad, and in the daily grind, everything starts to meld together and the past becomes fuzzy. I believe that reliving your life through writing is a form of cleansing your soul, liberating us from past hurts, painful losses and bad relationships, while at the same time, filling us with joy as we recollect those memories that are most dear to us.
As this new year start, I am thinking about writing about myself, my family, friends, enemies, and anything that I have learned and want to pass on to my children, friends, etc. In a way, I want to be like a historian, and collect information from relatives, friends, and go as far back as much as I can with my family tree.
My life story outline:
2. Prologue (optional)
3. Chapters: Each chapter will have a title and significant events that occurred in my life and lesson learned from it, or just an entertaining story that meant something to me
4. Epilogue (optional)
5. Dedication of book
I have not started this yet, but I plan to do so soon and will post excerpts on my blog as I go along.
What do you think about writing your life story?
Friday March 7th, 2014
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