• Helen Gregory

Starting your life story: what's stopping you?

Updated: Jun 30, 2018

The biggest challenges to telling your life story are not what you might think. Unlike someone who’s writing a novel, you certainly won’t be stumped for ideas or face a lack of material. And it’s not as if you’ll have to do loads of research; your characters, events and feelings are all in your head. Going through some photo albums and diaries will usually give you all the inspiration you need.

You might think your life hasn't been interesting enough. You may not have been rich, famous or hugely successful, but your family and friends will be interested in what you've done.

However, simply getting started – just putting pen to paper - is tough. A good way to kick-start the process is by asking yourself a few questions to get you thinking about what’s important in your story.

Try these five for starters:

· Can you describe your childhood house and neighbourhood?

· Who were the important people growing up and what was their impact on you?

· What were the circumstances of your leaving home?

· Which friends have you valued most in your life and why?

· What skills or talents do you have and how did you acquire them?

Studies have shown that writing your thoughts down for a few minutes each night can help you sleep and improve sleep quality - even improve energy levels. Remembering all those happy memories will also give you a positive glow!

But despite this, a lack of time or writing ability often prevents people from embarking on a project, and honestly, that's where a life story writing service is such a good idea. You can simply enjoy chatting about your stories and a ghost writer will do the rest.

If you're ready to write, but need some help doing it, Memory Lane Books can take you through each chapter of your life, and produce a book that tells your story in your own words. So what are you waiting for?!