While everyone has a story to share, there’s only really one story that’s truly and exclusively yours and yours alone.
What could that be?
Your life story.
You can choose to tell it in the form of an autobiography or a memoir.
Either format requires excellent writing. That’s a given. But to really succeed in sharing your story with the world, you need to take things a step further.
By having a plan in place to make sure your life story is well-received by readers.
If that sounds daunting, don’t worry!
Read on to discover how to write a life story that’s capable of changing the lives of others.
Getting ready to write your story
As the old saying goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail!
That definitely applies to the process of writing and sharing your life story with the world.
You can always write another novel. But your life story? It should be a definitive account you are proud of far into the future.
Seeing as you probably haven’t written your own life story in the past, what do you need to know to prepare properly?
- Your starting point. Knowing how to start a memoir is an important part of keeping readers gripped from the first page. What could be worse than the story of your life boring people within a few paragraphs?
- Your writing style. Are you going to write a humorous memoir? A dry one? Will you use techniques from narrative writing?
- Your structure. Even though it’s your life story, it needs to have some kind of interesting arc and progression to it. Check out conventional story structures and consider if they could be a good fit for the story of your life.
- Your tools. Which app will you write your life story on? Are you happy to use your normal writing software, or would you prefer a specialist option? Some top writing software offers extra functionality when it comes to research, for example.
Don’t jump into memoir writing haphazardly! Take the time to plan and prepare properly.
Paying attention to detail
Given that this is a uniquely personal book, you want it to reflect you as a person as much as possible. You should add as many small touches as possible that represent and reflect you.
So what are some of the ways you can make sure your memoir is as personalized as it should be?
- Preface. Think carefully about whether you should include a preface and if so, what it should contain. If you’re not sure, check out similar books. What are their prefaces like? Would something similar work well for you?
- Style. Even the best memoir will suck and feel like a bad fit for who you are if it is stylistically incompatible with yourself. Think about even small things like colors and fonts. Do these represent you? They should!
- Tone. When a person speaks, their tone tells us so much. Your memoir should be the same. What kind of tone should it have? Why? Does this tone represent you the best?
When it comes to writing a book about your life and sharing it with the world, no detail should be overlooked! They all count and add to the overall experience.
What’s more, readers notice and care too. Paying attention to the small things to make the best book possible truly shows who you are and what you’re all about.
Sharing your life story with the world
So what about when it’s all said and done and it’s time to put your book out there into the world?
This a time where you should be excited and cautious in equal measure.
It’s at this stage of the publishing journey where a lot of the sharks in the water start to smell blood. They know you are a tired, probably frazzled author who has been through the marathon ordeal of writing a book to completion. At this stage you might be more than a little desperate for help.
Say you’re a Christian author releasing a memoir. A company like Christian Faith Publishing comes to you and offers their services. What do you do? Should you trust them?
To avoid having to make this type of decision when you are at the end of a long book publishing road, we suggest choosing any services ahead of time. This way you can pick the right ones for you while you are in a relatively unpressured state.
You also need to consider how you’re going to go from your finished text to a book file that can actually work with online stores. Using a software tool like Vellum might be helpful here.
Finally, as boring as it might seem, don’t neglect the importance of learning how to copyright your book.
You’ve worked so hard to get your book to this stage in the process. You owe it all the protection you can give it!