Using Other Family Members to Create an Inspirational Life Story
Creating a Legacy
Each part of a person’s life can be used to create an inspirational life story. Using family members or the oral narratives of relatives can help y0u create a family history that will be treasured for many years after you are gone. Not only can we be inspired by the personal inspirational life story of others, we can leave our own legacy for our children and grandchildren that will inspire and show them the importance of your life and lives of those who have lived before.
Telling your Story
While some people may believe writing a family history or telling an inspirational story may be a rather daunting task, quite the opposite is true. As long as you are organized and tell your story by using your memories as well as memories of relatives, in the regular, everyday fashion, you can chronicle your life events as well as spark inspiration in your reader.
An Historical Journal
One family historian found a diary that was left by a relative while traveling with a wagon train in the late 1800s. The diary read, in part, “One of the women on the wagon train has just told me that we are out of flour and can no longer make bread.” She emphasized that they hardly had anything left in the way of provisions. When she found this journal, she wanted to include it in her family history. Using the family stories from various relatives, these stories were scanned and put into the family history she was writing. Including stories from ancestors makes your book some much more exciting and relevant. Using stories from your ancestral past makes your history jump off the pages.
Using History as a Tie to the Past and Present
Using the story found in the pioneer journal from the wagon train allows descendants to travel back in time and experience their ancestors’ struggles and challenges. Using the historical account you could use it to record current family members’ impressions of this part of their family’s history. It is important to realize that your family/life history can inspire others. Your story/history will leave your descendants a legacy that is as valuable as it is irreplaceable. History is important as it acts as a tie to where we’ve come from and where we are headed. You can inspire and educate when you write your history and the history of your family.
Writing your life story/history can seem like quite a daunting task. Inexperienced writers can easily get discouraged with the idea of writing a book. Although it is true that the project like this is a big one, you do not have to feel overwhelmed with it and abandon your goal of writing your life history. Ask yourself “How do I eat an elephant?” The only answer is – “one little bite at a time.” One sentence leads to one paragraph and then one page, one chapter and with perserverance you have written your life/story.
If you ask writers who have been successful in the field, they will tell you one thing – all the effort is worth it. To help you make the task easier, here are some the tips that you can follow when you write your life story.
Tip #1: Start small
Don’t think you need to finish the project/book in one sitting. Set a daily time limit or decide on a certain number of pages to write each day. Accomplish your daily goal and stop. The small bite sized pieces can be short little stories, or paragraphs. Writing small sketches or vignettes that can be combined into a larger story are one way to over come the fear of “eating the elephant.”
The small stories you write when assembled together will soon become your life story. Write a little bit each day and don’t worry about the bigger project, just stick to you daily plan. You will soon have your life story written.
Tip #2: Involve other people
You have to admit that your memory can sometimes fail you. But you can use the memories of friends and family to help with your life stories. You can ask other people to help you recall your past. Send them a letter and ask some questions about the event that you want to write about. Getting the input of other people will help you see the event from different perspectives. By asking for help you will be able to present a more comprehensive account of your life.
Tip #3: Set a writing mood
Most writers admit that they require a specific environment that allows them to set their mood. Set aside a place where you can work. A place where you can prepare your mind, have photos of your family and of yourself. These props will help you set the proper mood. A quiet room or a relaxed corner of your home or apartment works well. You don’t want to recreate the setting each time you begin to write. What is important is to find the most stimulating place and time to motivate you in writing your life stories.