October 25, 2015 Emily McCracken

HOW IT WORKS: THE STORY TERRACE PROCESS | Step 2

In six simple steps, you can take part in creating your life story to save and share for generations to come. In this article learn more about Step 2.

Filling out your Story Terrace questionnaire….

Our customised questionnaires and tips have been structured to bring back memories and help you decide which stories to focus on.

The Story Terrace questionnaire is there to help you brainstorm. Firstly you could write down whatever comes into your mind, use it as an aid just for this. Make sense of all the memories that spring to mind by putting them in order- perhaps by creating a mini timeline if it helps. This brainstorming technique can help you get it all down and compartmentalise the most important aspects to help you go forward.

You can take as long as you’d like to answer the questionnaires.

In the past we have suggested 8-10 hours (say 6 x 1.5 hours) spread over a three-week period- just as a way to structure your time but obviously do what you feel is right. You could take a notebook around when out walking or at a café just in case a memory pops up and you need to write it down. Taking some time to do things that make you feel nostalgic, will inspire you and definitely bring back all the wonderful memories. Going through old photos and letters will also help.

However some of the questions will require some serious thought. Please do schedule a few hours a week to reminisce. The more details you write down, the more colourful the final story will be. Think of your surroundings when reflecting on your stories. Who was there? And how did you feel in the moment? Even the tiniest details, such as your means of transport will help bring stories to life.

Your writer will be available for any questions.

Do not hesitate to contact your ghostwriter, they are at hand to support you and they should be utilised. You and your writer are there to support each other and it’s a project that is faced together. Remember these guys are the professionals and they will help you find your voice.

Most of all enjoy the process. It’s meant to be fun and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Revel in the experience and make your book that incredible read you’ve been working towards for all your family and friends to read.

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