They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and publishing a custom photo book can help you tell a complete story. But what happens when you don’t have enough photos that help tell your life story?

You need to use your words

For some, this can be a huge dilemma. Many people may ask where to start. How much should they share? Others may not believe in their ability to write well, and may discover that it is a talent they never developed. To these people we say…. Relax. We’re here to help.

If you were able to attend the instructional sessions at RootsTech, you would have learned how to begin telling your life story. A helpful session from our friends at Pictures and Stories taught us nine techniques for extracting memories from our minds and turning them into stories.

Without over thinking, quickly write down:

10 funniest things

10 most tragic things

10 most influential people

10 challenges you faced

10 life lessons you learned

10 turning points

10 epiphanies

10 most embarrassing moments

10 most spiritual experiences

If you are experiencing writers block while composing your story, try these exercises with family and friends.

Now, review your list. Are there any stories from different categories that connect to one another? These stories can form strong, emotional recorded experiences, and are typically the most memorable and interesting.

Try these exercises yourself. Let us know how your stories turn out, and be sure to record them for future generations.

Complete your story with a customized book from MyCanvas.

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