Life Story Writing
January 4, 2009 · By Kathee
In all of life’s situations there is a story to write! Have you written yours?
Life story writing describes the attitude of my heart! Life story writing describes my innermost thoughts! Life story writing describes the very life I live!
I must admit that I did not stumble upon life story writing by accident! My delightful mother played a key role in setting an example for me.
Because of the stories she had written during my childhood, she passed on the desire to write. She taught me by example, how to put my heart and soul into words through my own stories. It is now my passion.
I write some of my life stories as I see them develop in my life. Other stories come to mind far after the fact. Most of my stories indicate the approximate age of the people involved, in order to give some semblance of chronological logic! As I gain experience, I may change my methods and become more precise.
Although I may have writer’s block for weeks on end, the important thing I do to stay focused on my own writing is to get my thoughts organized.
Thank God for computers! I can imagine the chaos in my office if I had to sift through a thousand scaps of paper scattered recklessly across my desk just to find a quote or storyline!
I maintain folders in each of my email accounts where I file ideas for future stories. Sometimes its just a copy of an email that triggered an event in my life. In other folders on my pc, I keep marketing and developmental strategies. The instant the stories develop in my head and I’m on a roll, I need to have ready access to my material immediately.
My own inimitable style is to share the experiences of my own family life from a humorous perspective. Since my stories may reflect the goodness of life or the bad and the ugly, I also have a knack for telling it like it is with a gut level sense of honesty.
In life, we can all witness the same accident and perceive that, “it’s the other guy’s fault.” As a parent of four children, I know that each of us sees our parallel lives differently. I write each story from my own perspective, although I have been known to plant a few roses along the way!
I’m sure many of you have seen the cartoon quip with caption, “Someday we’ll look back on all of this and laugh our butts off”
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I have placed a number of my family life stories on this website in order to honor my family in one more way. In each story in which they star, they will receive their own moment of fame and glory as their life unfolds for the world to see.
I write when I can’t not write. I can only write when compelled to write, not becaue I am told to write or paid to write, although I certainly do believe I’d have a lot more stories out there if I were paid to write, but that would probably also rob me of the joy of writing!
To quote my mother:
“The main reason I write life stories is to leave a roadmap for living to share with my decendents… To show the way with my morals, family traditions, spiritual values, and the mistakes I’ve made, so our family will know where they came from.”
“A lot of people say if they could live life over again, that they would live life exactly the same way. I would not. I’d like to do it right. But in my seventh decade, I don’t have that opportunity. The best I can do is tell why.”
God bless you in your efforts to write your own life story. You’ll be forever glad you did!