What's a good sentence to start my autobiography?

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What I suggest is to start with "I am going to write about..." and then keep writing.  The point is to START, and that can be difficult.  Now, you should ALWAYS revise your writing after the first draft.  When you do, take the "I am..." sentence OUT of the next draft.  It was only there to get your fingers and brain moving in the right direction.  

Once you start the second or final draft, you want to make sure you have a solid topic sentence that also has something that will catch the attention of the reader.  What is the big story in the paper or what was funny or sad or in some way would emotionally grab the reader?  What have you done that others might find interesting?  Any of these would be a good topic for the first sentence.

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You want to start your autobiography with some kind of "hook" to grab the reader's attention.  Without knowing much about you, here are some ideas:

  1. Start with a quote from a famous person.  The quote should reflect the kind of person you are/your experiences.  Think about your overall theme for your autobiography.  Is it about growing up? Overcoming hardships?  Love?  Choose a quote that mirrors your theme.
  2. Start with a short story/anecdote.  It should be something about you that sets the tone for the rest of the story.  For example, if your autobiography focuses mostly on your relationship with a sibling/parent, start with a story about one of them.
  3. Ask a question.  The rest of your autobiography should be about answering that question.  For example, if your autobio focuses on meeting a significant other, try, "How do you know when you've found your soulmate?"  Then use your autobio to talk about that relationship.
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