Preserving stories about your life gives you an opportunity to reminisce and explore your memories. Sharing them with loved ones gives them a fuller picture of who you are. In addition to telling about your experiences, you’ll be revealing the values and insights you’ve gained along the way.
- What have been the significant turning points in your life?
- How did you handle them?
- Who influenced you along the way?
- What do you want your kids to know about you? Your grandkids?
Your memories can create a lasting sense of connection, reinforcing family bonds across time, distance, and generations. Think how much you’d treasure a collection of stories from your own parent or special ancestor. Capture your stories now, before they’re forgotten and lost forever. The process is fun and interesting. You’ll find yourself reliving significant times in your life and looking at them in a new light.
If you’d like to learn more about the process of telling life stories, the Association of Personal Historians has compiled this excellent list of tips.
A word about pricing. Naturally, this question comes up! But until we sit down and discuss the size and nature of your project, I can’t provide a reliable figure. Let me just say that the projects I’ve worked on so far have ranged from $1500 to $7500. Adult children of the storyteller often share the cost of a project like this.
If you’ve done some writing yourself and need help with shaping or polishing your work, check out my editing services. I also offer book design services if you’d like me to prepare your book for printing.
Contact me for an initial no-obligation meeting to discuss how we might capture your story.