why does a writer writer a autobiography? what is it trying to achieve ?

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Some people write about autobiographies to share lessons learned. Some authors write their own personal stories to share triumphs and defeats. The reader can learn so much when reading autobiographies. Some write to share touching moments in their lives. To share a touching moment is a joy. The author has been touched and he or she wants to touch others when writing. 

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The answer to your question will be different for different authors, as has been noted by above posts. Some write their autobiography to feed their egos; some write to leave a record of their life and activities for future generations of their family; some write because they wish to justify actions taken during their lifetime to themselves and/or those who read the story at some point in the future; some write because they feel they have acquired knowledge or experience through their lives that would be of value to future generations and they wish to pass it on; certainly, some write in the hopes of making money from sales of the story; some write as a form of revenge on those they feel have mistreated them.

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People want to leave their legacy behind, I think.  People want to be remembered and be able to say that they left their mark in the world. Others want to share the nuggets of wisdom that they obtained through trial and error so that younger generations don't make the same mistakes. As people age, they go through different stages, as we all know. By the time most of life's goals are accomplished and there's nothing left to do, why not give back to future generations.  Keeping records like diaries and journals are great ways to preserve our personal histories for our posterity, too. If the public won't read your autobiography, there's a better chance that your posterity will, and they will appreciate it.

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I, too, have to agree with the above postings. While some do publish the texts for notoriety and wealth, others do write them in order to reflect back on their lives. Some authors may feel as though they can offer help to others out in the world going through similar circumstances they have lived through.

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I agree with the posts above. There are at least a few reasons to write an autobiography and publish it - an interest in rethinking one's life, a desire to make some money and cash in on one's popularity. I suppose the simplest point of an autobiography is to get your own story told. 

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A writer usually writes an autobiography because he or she thinks he has something to say.  There is some lesson to this person's life he or she wants to pass on.  Of course, some people just like to write about themselves.  Most autobiographies are written by people who think their lives will be interesting for other people.  The book is not likely to get published unless there is something there worth reading.

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I think that most autobiographies are written out of vanity and a desire for money.  People like to think that their lives are interesting.  They like to think that they have done good things and that everyone will like them and respect them if they could just hear the story from the person's own perspective.  Besides, if you can make money while feeding your ego, why not?

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That would depend on the author, I suppose. Some people write autobiographies to cash in on their popularity. Others write them to vindicate themselves to history, in their minds. One of the most famous autobiographies ever written, that of Ulysses S. Grant, was written in order to provide for his family. He finished it just before he passed away from throat cancer.

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