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I want to write an autobiography but I don't know where to begin. I can't seem to figure out how to place my life events into a book in the correct order, and I'm not really sure what should be put in, and what should be left out. I could really use tips and would appreciate any info you can provide.

Hi Regan,

Congratulations on beginning a memoir. I personally find this one of the most daunting forms of literature to compose.

Before you begin, you need to think about the themes which you wish to express. Jotting them down wouldn't hurt. Then mentally shuffle through your memories to determine which particular events will express your message, and which events are necessary to support those events. Needless to say, you don't want to include bits of experiences that have no relevance to your message.

With memoirs, it is best to recount events in chronological order, because that is the way life works - and memoirs are based on real life. Likewise, you will need to begin at the point where the events become relevant, whether that be babyhood, or your twenty-first birthday.

I hope this helps. Good lick in all your endeavors.


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