3 writing prompts to kickstart your memoirs or autobiography

I’ve worked with hundreds of people over the years to write their memoirs. When I am asked what the most difficult part of writing a memoir for people is, my answer is simple, “Getting started.”

It seems everyone wants to write a book about their life, however, sitting down to do so is a lot harder than most people imagine – at least, that is how we are naturally wired to think. But, writing your memoirs isn’t difficult. After all, you are only retelling stories about your life that have already happened. Does it matter which stories you tell? Nope! Does chronology matter? Not unless you put your stories into a book, but that can be sorted later. Does it matter which part of your life you write about? Nope! Do you need to save the world to write a good book? Not at all.

Getting started. What does it take? Sometimes it takes a few writing prompts focusing on pivitol points in everyone’s life to get your brain-juice flowing freely.

Here are 3 writing prompts to free your mind and get you thinking. Be as specific as you can. Try to remember your emotions, smells, touch, and thoughts. If someone else was with you, what do you think they were thinking? Was there a later revelation? The goal of a writing prompt is to get you thinking, step out of your writing funk, and get your life on paper.

Writing prompt #1

How and where did your parents meet? If you don’t know, this would be a great opportunity to find out.

Writing Prompt #2

What events happened in history the year you were born? Try to research the details of events that are interesting to you and write those out.

Writing Prompt #3

Write about your earliest childhood memory of your mother. One way to trigger this is to pull out old school yearbooks from kindergarten or the first grade. Find friends or teachers you remember then and recall those memories. This will bring your mind to that time and perhaps early memories.


I am a full-time freelance writer specializing in books, though I also write blogs, web-content, and handle several other types of projects. To see what I offer visit my rates page or contact me with specific queries and questions. I’m also available to help mentor you through your first book. I’d love to work with you, and if you know anyone else looking for a writer I offer a generous referral fee.

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