When you are starting to consider writing your life story, here are a few tips that will help you get started.

1. Remember there is no one else like you. Only YOU can share your life experiences and memories. Therefore, your autobiography is worth doing. The only way the story will be told is if you tell it.

2. Structure is good. Having an autobiography template to use as you are getting started will be very helpful. You may leave out important parts of your story if you don't have a plan in your mind of what to write. Having questions to answer, will allow you to focus on the memories---keeping you from staring at a blank sheet of paper or blank computer screen.

3. Use photos to help you capture life stories. Going back through photo albums will bring to mind many events that have been long forgotten.

4. Bring up topics from your life story when you talk with family or friends by phone or in person. You'll enjoy taking in a few more memories from their perspective and it will prime the pump of your own memories too.

5. See the process as something you are doing for YOU. Of course, it is a great idea to provide your life story to your children and grandchildren, but the life review process also helps you see the "big picture" of your life. Through looking back and seeing your accomplishments, joys, and pains, you can gain new strength for the future. The road of life is an adventure so learn from the past, enjoy the present, and plan for the future.

Beth Sanders, founder and CEO, http://www.lifebio.com/