Writing Your Life Story: Practical Steps for Past Authoring

Welcome back to our Self-Authoring journey, where we explore the art of Past Authoring. In our previous post, we discussed the significance of reflecting on your past and the potential benefits it holds. Today, we're diving into the practical steps that will guide you through the process of writing your life story.

Step 1: Create a Structured Timeline

Begin by creating a structured timeline of your life. Divide it into distinct periods or chapters. Think about major life transitions, such as childhood, adolescence, education, career, relationships, and personal milestones. This timeline will serve as the framework for your Past Authoring journey.

Step 2: Identify Key Experiences

Within each life period, identify the key experiences that had a profound impact on you. These could be both positive and negative events, moments of growth, challenges, or turning points. Recall the emotions, thoughts, and lessons associated with each experience.

Step 3: Reflect and Write

Now, it's time to reflect and write. Choose a specific period or experience from your timeline and start journaling. Here are some prompts to get you started:

  • What were the defining moments during this period of your life?
  • How did these experiences shape your beliefs and values?
  • What emotions did you experience, and how did you cope with them?
  • Did you encounter any obstacles or challenges, and how did you overcome them?
  • Who were the significant people in your life during this time, and what impact did they have?

Step 4: Practice Self-Compassion

As you write about past challenges or mistakes, practice self-compassion. Understand that everyone has moments they wish they could change, and these experiences have contributed to your growth. Be kind and understanding toward your past self.

Step 5: Gain Perspective

After writing about each period or experience, take a step back and gain perspective. Analyze how these events have influenced your beliefs, behaviors, and decisions in the present. Consider what valuable lessons you've learned.

Step 6: Set Goals for the Future

Use the insights gained from your past authoring exercises to set goals for your future. Are there patterns or behaviors you'd like to change? Are there positive qualities from your past that you'd like to nurture? Your past can inform your path forward.


Past Authoring is a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth. By carefully examining your life story, you can better understand who you are today and who you want to become. In the next installment of our Self-Authoring series, we will explore the concept of "Present Authoring" and how it relates to your current identity and aspirations.