Collecting Information

Starting with an idea can be frustrating and at times seem impossible. When designing the layout for any autobiography, I suggest mapping out the major events of your life. Try to follow a stroy-line that has the basic elements- rising actions, climax, resolution and falling actions. This may take days, weeks, months, or even years.

For me what has been most helpful is relying on memory. I have recollection skills greater then most, but if you have trouble remembering things write them down! Make sure to recall every aspect of an important event. If you have not read my new book, I included some advice that should resonate with all writers:

 "Remember his words; remember his look; remember his voice! I remembered all: language, glance, and tone seemed at the moment vividly renewed" (pg 186).