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Eight Steps to Publishing Your Autobiography


Create an Outline

Begin by breaking up your life into logical segments or categories. As long as those defined parts make sense to you, they are acceptable. Educational or career milestones might work.

Another approach is to define turning points in your life. A decision to pursue a career, to move to another geographical area or perhaps an accident or a similar strife that had to be overcome could be a segment. Whatever the event was, it took your life in another direction.

Don't sit and fret over the naming of each category, think of this process as very fluid. Re-naming, adding or deleting categories is par for the course. It is unlikely that you will end up with the same categories you created from the beginning.

If you have always been a goal-oriented person, then perhaps the achievement of those accomplishments would serve as categories. If there was a time in your life when you wandered from place to place you might, at least tentatively title that time period Lost or Searching.

It is very important, for clarity sake, to time stamp each defined period by putting a general date span on each category. Probably these dates won't end up in the final version of your autobiography but they will serve to help keep your remembrances organized.

The main requirement of this step is to define categories that encompass a significant portion of your life.

Tip: If you are not using a word processor to write your autobiography (which is highly recommended) then you will need to be extremely organized. The cheapest way to get a good organizing system is to pick a notebook organizer (such as a Trapper Keeper, etc.) during the back to school sales. Look for an organizer that will work for you and keep everything in one place.

Step 2: Identify Moments