Why would people want to read my biography?

Why are people going to read your biography?

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Connect through your voice in your biography

Well, I’ll tell you. It is to hear your ‘voice’ and connect with you. Your voice is the fingerprint of your life story. They will read your biography to hear your voice come to life and connect with you.  Your voice is the voice they may have known all their life, or perhaps is the voice they wanted to know but never had the chance. It’s like the voice of your favourite singer who is instantly recognizable to you soon as the song blares through the speakers. You may love the lyrics of the song or its musicality, but it is the voice of your favourite singer you will recognize and connect with before being lulled into the experience you so much enjoy.

My client’s biography instructions

Never was this brought home to me more than when I was working on a biography with an 81-year-old client who insisted repeatedly on her English-second-language narrative being reproduced exactly as she told it. ‘How will they know it is me if you change it to proper grammar’ she said.  At times, I did find it hard as a copywriter to resist turning the manuscript into textbook prose beautifully crafted and balanced; but resist I did for fear of my life.Continue Reading

Why is the chair empty? Be remembered.

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Mum’s chair is empty

 

Mum’s chair is empty. It no longer is the place where Mum sits waiting for me to ring or to walk through the door.  The chair does not have the same smiling face and caring eyes that once occupied its space and its arms do not reach out to me as it once seemed they did. No-one asks me how I am or what is really happening to me. The chair no longer looks inviting. It is just a chair.

I am so glad I took the time to write Mum’s life stories a few years ago when she was healthy. I tried to capture her spirit, her soul and the wisdom of her life messages as I knew one day, I would need them. Friends try to support me – but it’s not the same. They don’t know me as well as Mum did, and they don’t care as much as Mum did and they don’t love me as much as Mum did.Continue Reading

How to decide if it is memories or just stuff?

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How to decide if it is memories or just stuff?

Are all the items in your living space sentimental clutter or valuable memories that you simply can’t live without? How to decide if it is memories or just stuff?

As a life writer, this question sneaks its way into every interview I do with clients. ‘I keep nothing, it’s just clutter’ some say, whilst others tell me ‘It’s the memory it brings’.

Memories or Just Stuff

Material possessions are a way of recalling emotions of the past or reconnecting with someone who is connected to that item. Reconnecting with a special memory through a material object can be an amazing experience and leave you joyous and excited. Equally, if it is a sad connection, it can ignite strong negative emotions of hurt, anger or guilt.Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Tribute

Mother’s Day is a reminder to reflect on the wonderful woman who nurtured us and worked tirelessly to make our journey through childhood what it was. Those memories are too precious to be lost and getting them in print is a wonderful way to preserve life messages for generations.

Your life story
Create your legacy. They will want to know

You might find a few hints here to help you with your memory reflection.

  • When reflecting on memories, it is helpful to take a thought and let it flow. In this following excerpt from my personal memoir, the thoughts were triggered holding my mother’s hands in her nursing home. Equally, you could use a photo, an artefact or some other item. 
  • Take the time to sit in the moment. This process may take hours or it could take days or even weeks. It took many weeks for me to sit fully in the moment of the thoughts regarding my mother’s hands.
  • I was able to find historical context and used that to support the story. The historical context also provides insight into the life of a young mother in the 1950’s and young people of future generations may take life messages from the story.

If you would like help with your life story, I am happy to work with you on your memoir. Give me a call Rose 0407 487 495.Continue Reading