The Essentials of Writing an Autobiography

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Writing one's autobiography is perhaps one of the most challenging writing projects one can ever hope to accomplish. After all, it is hard to put into words one's own life - the ups and downs, highs and lows, triumphs and losses. While we might find our lives a little bit interesting, others may not have the same opinion unless we write about it in a most fascinating way.

There are several steps on How to Write an Autobiography that we need to understand first before we can write an autobiography worthy of readers' attention. These steps are actually quite simple. The hard part is making the words come to life, but we can learn about this as well from experts' guides on How to Write an Autobiography.


When learning How to Write an Autobiography, one of the things that we must do is to look at our lives and where we are at the moment. A deep introspection is necessary to truly understand our goals and dreams and how far we have come in accomplishing them.

Looking at the things, people and events that have so far thus made us happy or unhappy will help us get a better perspective of how we have lived our lives through all these years.

Self-examination is the first key step in learning How to Write an Autobiography. As we delve into the deepest recesses of our beings, we should write down every thought, feeling and reaction that were a result of our introspection. It is likewise of vital importance that we write down both the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful that have happened in our lives because these will be the interesting parts of our autobiography.


To give us a different view about our lives, we need to talk to people who know us, especially those who have walked the journey with us so we will understand how the people closest to us see the way we have lived our lives so far.

This could be a little tricky as it could open old wounds or start new ones so being objective about what we hear is likewise very important.

This is another key step on How to Write an Autobiography. Listening to people talk about the experiences they have shared with us and what kind of impact these have made to our relationships will give us a better understanding of our reactions, feelings and even logical reasoning.


Finally, when we have gathered all information, let's start writing! Remember that it doesn't have to be perfect the first time around. This is only our rough draft and we can revise as necessary.

The last two steps on How to Write an Autobiography are writing and re-writing until we are satisfied with the results.

Once we have written our first draft, let's just forget about it for awhile. After a few weeks, we can take a look at it again and start re-writing. After which, show it to someone whose opinion we trust and rewrite again as necessary.

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