Lifewriting – A Few Basics

You may not be fully aware of it, but your life is a story. It is a story that you tell to others in pieces. Like when you get together with a friend to catch up!. It is also a story that others will tell about you, after you are gone.

If your life is a story, how well do you tell it? Who is the hero? What is the hero’s challenge? These are important questions that most of us don’t think about. And yet, our ability to answer these questions and others will dictate how memorable we are as people.  They sum up as well what value we see in what we do with others and for ourselves.

BTW, I do not propose that your life story has to fit  a Hollywood style formula. To the contrary. You are writing it. you can write whatever you want. Nor am I proposing that your life is all about a single thing. It is instead about multiple things that come together.

Here are several “tips” that you might consider if you want to think further about creating and telling your life story

  • stories emerge from character more than plot. In other words, plot follows character, not the other way around.
  • stories are broken into pieces. In books, these are chapters. In life, there are similar divisions. Each part connects to the last and to the next. You cannot suddenly jump out of the flow. The driver of that flow is often a mystery., but it is powerful.
  • stories take place in settings. Your attitude towards those settings re critical.

Here is a link for further discussion of these ideas.

Good luck!

BTW. you might want to consider this thought via Tom Peters

“The key question isn’t ‘What fosters creativity?’ But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.”
—Abe Maslow

And finally, consider this

“If you want to build a ship, don’t gather people together to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but instead teach them to long for the sea.”
—Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince)

That longing for greatness drives progress and on a more human level, creates great  life stories.


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