How To Start An Autobiography
What's a good way to start off an autobiography?
The reader of your life story will want to know three things early in the telling: First, your attitude toward the project, your “raison d’etre,” your motivation for taking on this project. Second, what period (not just the dates) you lived through; scientific/technological advances, political/international milestones, artistic periods, and the like. Third, what you “contributed” during your life; awards, accomplishments, your engagement in the world’s events during “the time of your life” (Saroyan). As a quick example, early in my biography I would state my desire to leave a chronological record for my children; I would mention WWII, the Cold War, and the moon landing (as well as the Beatniks, the Beatles, and Andy Warhol); I would then mention my academic accomplishments in brief.
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