Writing the Stories of Ordinary Lives

Memoir or life story writing is for the rich and famous, isn’t it? Most certainly not!

Every one of us has stories to tell, no matter how ordinary we may think our lives are. Think of the last time you were with a group of people – someone no doubt entertained the group with a story of something from their own life. Maybe you were the storyteller, holding you audience as you related your tale.

Life stories can be written for a never-ending list of reasons. Some people want to record family history for future generations. Others feel their life experiences should be documented before they’re forgotten.

Ordinary, everyday life from my New Zealand childhood in the 1950s and 1960s is the main focus of my own recent writing. Daily life from these years is not yet well documented and could be in danger of being forgotten if not written down.

Writing is a personal thing. Whether you write for your eyes only, for a limited audience of family and friends, or for wider publication, the simple stories from your life are worth recording.

I look forward to sharing some of my own life stories here, as well as passing on some of the many writing tips gleaned from others along the way. Please stop by often to share my writing journey with me.

Perhaps you’ll be motivated to put your own stories into words. I’d love to hear about it if you do.

3 thoughts on “Writing the Stories of Ordinary Lives

  1. Pingback: Self Publishing – A Personal Experience | Writing Your Stories

  2. I agree Val, the lives of individuals are so fascinating, everyone has a story in them that deserves to be heard. Look forward to reading yours.

  3. So true! And once you start it’s hard to stop. At times I think I should be smoking a pipe, looking through a magnifying glass and wearing Sherlock Holmes’ hat when gathering family history material to write about.

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