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How to Write an Autobiography

Watch more How to Write a Book videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to write and autobiography and tell your life's story with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Start randomly Jot down the memories that remain most vivid in your mind -- even if they don't seem significant. Chances are if you've remembered them all this time, they are the memories that are most meaningful to you. Step 2: Review your notes Review your notes to see if there is a theme to your memories. Many autobiographies have one. Step 3: Organize your thoughts Figure out how you want to organize your story. You don't have to start at the beginning; you launch the book with a defining event, or even start with the present, and then go back in time. Or organize your life story according to themes. Step 4: Talk to loved ones Talk to friends and family members to fill in memory gaps and to gain different perspectives on your experiences. Tip Be aware that the stories you include about others could adversely affect your relationship with them. Consider changing their names to protect their identities. Step 5: Be descriptive Once you start writing, write descriptively. Don't just chronicle the major events in your life; transport the reader with vivid accounts of how everything looked, smelled, felt, and sounded. Include dialogue: Snippets of conversations can really make memories come alive. Step 6: Be honest Above all, be honest. An autobiography won't ring true to your readers -- or be cathartic for you -- if you don't bare your soul. Did You Know? Actress Drew Barrymore wrote her autobiography, Little Girl Lost, when she was 14.
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