Your Own Experience
There are no hard and fast rules as to how you tell your life story because that’s all part of your individual experience. And, personally, I like to create a different style for every family memoir I write.
Breaking the Journey
During a flight back to Melbourne from interviewing my lovely New Zealand client in 2003, I considered how I might present her story. Rather than just do a predictable historical walk-through, I decided to ‘break the journey’ into what I felt were interesting chunks of information. This meant considerable re-organising of material once it was transcribed, and this editing proved to be a very lengthy process. Ultimately, however, I felt that future readers would find the stories more interesting and entertaining.
Keep a Journal
You may be keen to tell your own life-story, so of course it would be a good idea to keep a diary or journal where you can record events as they happen. There are also many journalling and memoir-writing courses available. As always, I believe that motivation is the key.
If you decide not to write your story yourself, I suggest employing a biographical writer who will most likely wish to interview you. This is a very intimate process, requiring sensitivity on the part of the interviewer.
Face-to-face or Telephone?
These days, with the advantages of the internet, Skype offers a wonderful way to conduct interviews. Please feel free to contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this process or simply include a comment below.