Still putting off writing your life story? Well here’s something you might want to try. Write down a list of twenty statements about yourself that would give someone in the future an idea of who you are. Skip the physical descriptions. It takes some reflection but it’s quicker than writing a book and it’s fun. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, I’ll put down a few things about me – not everything, of course
- I’ve been a practicing Buddhist for the past twelve years.
- I love cats.
- I value loyalty, integrity, and humor.
- I’m an only child.
- I like to dance.
- I enjoy solitude.
- My favorite colors are blue and green.
- I’m punctual and don’t appreciate people who are tardy.
- I’m patient and persistent.
- I believe, as Gandhi said, we have to be the change we want to see in the world.
Now it’s your turn. One of the things you can do after completing your list is use your statements as jumping off points for writing your book. For example, each of my statements above could be expanded into a chapter. It’s a different way of structuring your life story but it works!