: July 10, 2023 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

The Foolproof Way to Write Your Memoir

By Maureen Santini © All Rights Reserved The fastest, simplest, free, and foolproof way to write your life story is one decade at a time. Start with the day you were born and write everything you recall. Keep going from there. This is the essence of the decade-by-decade method advocated by my website. It is a nearly effortless way to capture the facts and details of your life in short…

: August 8, 2023 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Life Story – Lost to the Ages?

By Maureen Santini © All Rights Reserved. There comes a time when every person’s life story is in danger of being lost to the ages. For those of us over the age of 50, that time is now. “Every death is like the burning of a library,” in the immortal words of Alex Haley. All of our personal history, knowledge, way of life, and memories should be preserved in writing.…

: June 5, 2022 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Family History

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. Chapter 10 in Write Your Life Story for Posterity is to write about your family history. For those following the decade-by-decade method to write their memoirs, this is the next to last chapter. The last chapter is summing up. Congratulations on your progress. You’re nearing the finish line. This is an extremely important chapter. Without a concerted effort to preserve it, family…

: June 5, 2022 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Ninth Decade & Beyond – Ages 80+

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. This is Chapter 9 in Write Your Life Story for Posterity. If you’re following the decade-by-decade method, you’ve just finished writing about your eighth decade. Your ninth decade, ages 80 and beyond, begins at your 80th birthday. If you were born in 1940, for example, your ninth decade began in 2020. Your tenth decade, ages 90 through 99, begins at your 90th…

: June 5, 2022 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Eighth Decade – Ages 70-79

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. This is Chapter 8 in Write Your Life Story for Posterity. You’ve just finished writing about your seventh decade of life. Just a few chapters to go! Your eighth decade, ages 70 through 79, begins at your 70th birthday. If you were born in 1950, for example, your eighth decade began in 2020. Typically, the eighth decade represents a turning point in…

: June 5, 2022 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Summary of Your Life Story

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. This is Chapter 11 in Write Your Life Story for Posterity, summary of your life story. The final chapter. By following the decade-by-decade method advocated by this website, you have preserved the library of your life and times for generations to come. Congratulations! Now is the time to write a summary of your story. Chapter 11 presents an opportunity to blend the…

: June 5, 2022 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Seventh Decade – Ages 60-69

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. This is Chapter 7 in Write Your Life Story for Posterity. You’ve just finished writing about your sixth decade of life. You’re well on your way! Your seventh decade spans ages 60 through 69 – momentous years for many. Begin writing as of your 60th birthday. If you were born in 1950, for instance, your seventh decade began in 2010. The seventh…

: June 4, 2023 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Sixth Decade – Ages 50-59

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. This is Chapter 6 in Write Your Life Story for Posterity. You’ve just finished writing about your fifth decade of life. You’ve made great progress! The finish line is in view. Your sixth decade spans ages 50 through 59 – challenging years for many. If you were born in 1950, for instance, your sixth decade began in 2000. Begin writing as of…

: January 23, 2019 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Fifth Decade – Ages 40-49

  By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. This is Chapter 5 in Write your Life Story for Posterity. Most of you are half-way to the finish mark. Well done! The end is in sight. Begin writing about your fifth decade, ages 40 through 49, as of your 40th birthday. If you were born in 1950, for example, your fifth decade began in 1990. We’ll address many of the…

: December 19, 2018 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Fourth Decade – Ages 30-39

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. This is Chapter 4 in Write Your Life Story for Posterity. You’ve just finished writing about your third decade of life. You are well on your way. Let’s keep going. If you’re new to this website, here’s why you should strongly consider writing your life story for posterity. Your fourth decade spans ages 30 through 39. If you were born in 1960,…

: December 2, 2018 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

FAQs Write Your Life Story for Posterity

 By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. Following are answers to questions about writing life stories for posterity. Q:     Since I’m not rich or famous, I doubt anyone would be interested in my life story. A:      That is a common concern, but it is a myth. First and foremost, YOU are interested. Your life is worth documenting simply because you lived it. “Every death is like the burning of…

: June 4, 2022 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Third Decade – Ages 20-29

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. This is Chapter 3 in Write Your Life Story for Posterity. You’ve just finished writing about your second decade of life. Well done. Let’s keep going. Your third decade spans ages 20 through 29 – challenging years for many.  If you were born in 1960, for instance, your third decade began in 1980. Begin writing with your 20th birthday. In some cases,…

: June 6, 2022 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Life Story is Your Legacy

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. Imagine preparing to read a new book with great anticipation. You settle into a comfortable chair, pour a drink, and open the first page. Surprise! Except for a few names and dates, the page is blank. You turn the page. Same thing. Page after page after page – nothing but names and dates. Where’s the story? The sad fact: the author took…

: August 24, 2023 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Story is Important

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved.  For those who think that they can’t write or that their lives are not worth preserving on paper, this website is for you. If your parents or grandparents died without passing down a booklet containing the facts of their lives, I bet you would give anything to go back in time and encourage them to write it all down. Your children and…

: June 11, 2022 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Only You Know the Full Story of Your Life

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. If anyone had asked me to describe my grandmother, I would have said she went to church often, baked brownies when we visited, played piano by ear, and taught me to sew. In many respects she was a typical grandmother. Imagine my surprise when, after her death, I learned she joined a writers’ group in her sixties and wrote several stories describing…

: October 27, 2018 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your First Decade – Ages 0-9

By Maureen Santini © All Rights Reserved. This post is the first in a series that demonstrates a simple way to write your life story for posterity, decade by decade. There are many ways to write a personal memoir or autobiography. This website is devoted to writing for posterity. The point is to preserve as much information as possible about your life, your way of life, and the times, for your…

: November 20, 2018 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0

Your Second Decade – Ages 10-19

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. This is Chapter 2 in Write Your Life Story for Posterity. You’ve just written about your first decade of life according to the decade-by-decade method. Congratulations on beginning this journey. Let’s keep going. The second decade of life begins in childhood and ends in adulthood. The ages 10 through 19 are formative ones, spanning middle school, high school, and post high school.…