Last month (has it been a month already? Yikes!) I promised you a Top Ten list...Things your grandchildren will want to know about you. Most of the items on the list were taken from a poll I did about a year ago.
These topics are fairly general and would apply to just about anyone, but if you think some are not relevant to your life, ask yourself..."what do I wish I knew about my grandparents?" Come up with your own top ten. It's not the questions themselves that are important, it's the relaying of our stories––the sharing of our lives––that is vital.
As you write about each topic, give as much detail as possible. For instance, for "When and Where were you born?" don't just give a date and a city, but describe the area. Was it a farm, city, suburb, etc. Google the year and tell a little about the times; what was going on in the world, in the country?
Here you go!
1 - When & where were you born?
2 - Tell me about where you grew up
3 - What were your favorite things to do as a child?
4 - How did you meet your spouse?
5 - Why did you choose the career you did?
6 - What was your first car, and what did it cost?
7 - What were some of the most difficult times in your life?
8 - What are you most proud of having achieved?
9 - Is there anything you would have done differently?
10- What was it like running a home before today’s technology?
Bonus Topics (may not apply to everyone)
1 - Tell what it was like going through the great Depression
2 - Tell about some of your military/war experiences
3 - Why and when did your family come to the U.S., From where?
Write at least one full page about each topic, including the Who, What, Where, When, Why & How where applicable. Include the five senses where you can, as well as emotions.
With just these 10 topics for starters, you'll have a great start on your memoir!
For hundreds more topics, and writing guidelines, check out my book "Write Your Life Story in 28 Days."
Coming up: Books that have impacted your life