Nowadays it’s nigh on impossible to find a celebrity, or anyone in the public eye, who hasn’t published some sort of autobiography or memoir. Justin Bieber, aged only 19, has already released his ‘life story’, albeit only a meager 239 pages long (and many of them taken up by photographs of the teen idol). And I’m sure in a few years’ time he’ll pen another slim tome to keep his ‘Beliebers’ up to date.
You might think Bieber will have more to tell of from his tiny 19 years on earth than you do from your entire lifetime to date – but that’s not true. Everyone’s got a story to tell, and what better way to share them with the world than through memoirs.
Writing your memoirs can be liberating. You don’t have to aim for a best seller or chart topper like many celebrities. In fact, you don’t even have to get them published. As soon as you get past this self-imposed pressure, you can relax and enjoy reliving some of your happiest memories as you commit them to paper.
You are free to choose the memories you want to share, from your own point of view. If you think your stories aren’t that interesting, think again! In 10 years time or when you’re children are grown up they’ll want to know what their parents got up to. What better way to show them than with your own anecdote?
Undoubtedly you’ll come across some less than happy memories in the process. Think back to those times; think about how you felt and how you overcame the negative emotions to get back on track. Your anecdotes and successful experiences may be of assistance to others suffering the same kinds of things right now, or your children in the future. The recollections will also let you appreciate how strong you are to get through the tough times and drive you forward in the future.
Don’t use the fear that your writing skills aren’t up to scratch as an excuse not to make this happen. If anything, it can be used as a practice exercise for improvement. Ask somebody you trust to read over your work and make use of spelling and grammar checks along the way.
You can even submit excerpts you’d like feedback on right here at An Untold Story to see what other readers have to say!
As you review your writing it’s likely that you’ll notice gaps in your experiences – things you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t got around to accomplishing yet. Now that you’ve pinpointed them you can get to work on planning that sky-dive or trip to the capital. Note in the memoirs your intentions and dreams for the future; putting them down on paper will make you more likely to live up to your promises. And these experiences could even be literary fodder for future memoirs.
You can get your story published in a limited run of hard copies from places like The Book Patch and give them to your loved ones at Christmas or another special occasion. Your story can also be looked upon for times when you need reassurance or simply when you want to reminisce. Furthermore, your personal accounts will remain for your children and their children and their children’s children to read long after you pass, leaving quite a legacy for future generations.
Have you written an autobiography or memoir? What did you benefit? Do you have any tips for fellow writers? Share your comments below.
Laura Beecroft is an English Language student with a passion for writing and believes everyone has a great story to tell. She writes here for GKBC.
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