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How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classic Guide for the Nonprofessional Writer

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Writing the story of one’s life sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This warmhearted, encouraging guide helps readers record the events of their lives for family and friends. Excerpts from other writers’ work are included to exemplify and inspire. Provided are tips on intriguing topics to write about, foolproof tricks to jog your memory, ways to capture ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Chicago Review Press
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Ron
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
My art mentor has this sister, she is 70 and runs a legal marijuana farm in Oregon. She also ran a brothel in Japan. We are planning on coaxing some stories from her, so I picked up some books on writing. Stephen King's "On Writing" is next....
Patty
Jul 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
The suggestions in this book are uniformly obvious, and the examples given to illustrate the suggestions show little voice or style. On Writing by Stephen King and Bird by Bird are far more helpful guides for an aspiring writer.
John Orman
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book shows how to record the events of your life for family and friends, by listing out small projects that can be built and assembled into a manageable autobiography.

I liked the section on inspired excerpts from other writers, as well as a list of published biographies.

Felicia follum
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Perfect for those who wish to leave something for their family and children. This isn't a book about how to write an auto biography but does have some good prompts and topics to write on.

Overall a good resource for writing.
Jeanne
Sep 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
One of the best guides for the non-professional writer. It gives you a great foundation to attack what is a daunting task for most people.
Javatis Midget
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a good book for anyone looking to write their life story. There are some great examples of topics one can write about for their story. This book definitely helped me with several ideas.
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