Writing an autobiography or biography can be a powerful thing. Writing from your own history or your own experience can be very cleansing. Your own life is a good place to look when you start your writing. Every piece of work, whether fiction or non-fiction, has autobiographical pieces in it. Below are some exercises that will help you start writing your autobiography:
Objects from Childhood
Pick four objects from your childhood. Lay them out on a desk in front of you. Pick one of these objects and write about a specific memory that it triggers. Maybe you have a pair of old snow gloves that you had as a child and it triggers a memory of you playing with your father in the snow. Expand on this memory and create a meaningful story.
Interview one of your family members or one of your childhood friends. Ask questions about a particular event in your life, a significant event. It could be your graduation or the day you broke your leg. After you finish with that family member or friend, interview another one. Do this with at least three people. Pick a family member’s point of view and write the story from their point of view.
Create a story where you magnify and diminish your personality. Tell an event in your life where you exaggerate the events. Maybe you went to a party and met a local celebrity. Exaggerate this. Say that you met the president.