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"I dont need to research, I know what happened in my
Yes well, maybe you do but you need to get it sorted out and in order.
If youre lucky youre the sort of person whos kept a
diary which is invaluable when writing an autobiography.
If not you need to start making lists, lists of family members, boyfriends
or girlfriends, places youve lived, holidays youve been on,
schools and courses youve attended, military service, places youve
visited, illnesses youve had, and events (parties, weddings, funerals,
birthdays) youve attended. Cross-reference the lists (when you went
to Xs wedding, who went with you?), put in dates, talk to friends
and family to make sure you the dates are right.
If you can get them you need photographs, letters, e-mails, family bible.
Dont just rely on the ones that you own, get them from your family
and friends. Get in touch with people youve havent seen in
years, get their pictures too. Youll need to keep careful records
if they want their pictures back and they probably will.
Thats research. Gathering all the data you can, bringing it all
together in one place and organising it chronologically, cross referencing,
making lists of what youve got on every one and every place.
As you compile all this information youLL be reminded of more things,
make notes about the events, what happened in them. You may find at this
stage that one particular theme begins to stand out, some common thread
throughout your life and if you can find this its a great way to
hang it all together when it comes to the writing itself.
Theres one more reason why you need to keep track of who has sent you what, when you write your autobiography you need to credit the people who have supplied you with information and pictures using footnotes and endnotes.