1. Choose creating a legacy as a life goal. Set a deadline for when you’d like the first edition of your story finished (you can always add the next chapter of your life's journey later). A deadline, like an upcoming holiday, can be a strong motivator to keep you going through the process.

2. Decide what structure you want or what template of questions you’ll use (especially if you feel like you're not interested in looking at a blank sheet of paper or blank computer screen).

3. Find a friend or a group, if you like, with whom you can share the process. You can be an encouragement to each other. It’s fun to share what you’ve written. You don't know what you don't know about each other!

4. Pull out the photo albums. The pictures will generate so many memories. Start jotting down what stories come to mind from the photos…things you want to be sure to share in your autobiography.

5. Make a list of other favorite stories you like to tell. Call your family members and tell them that you’re writing your life story and you want to know what they want to know. Add that to your list.

6. Answer at least one question a day. After you finish writing or typing your answer(s) for that day, read the question(s) for the next day and give yourself a day to ponder it over. Ask a friend what their answer would be. By the next day, you’ll be ready to write.

7. Do the best you can…and keep going. Don’t let one question stop you. You can always skip to the next one or avoid whole topics if you wish. Your legacy is important -- your family and friends will be so grateful for this fascinating story that only YOU can share.

Beth Sanders http://www.lifebio.com/