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Writing your life story is as easy as filling in the blanks. Use these 11 Mad Lib-style memory-jogging prompts to start your memoirs.
Fill in the second blank based on your answer in the first, then tell whatever story comes to mind. You can reuse the prompts by filling in the blanks differently. Here are some examples of ways you can fill in the blanks:
- person: yourself, a relative, friend, teacher, enemy
- place: the backyard, church, high school, summer cottage, in your first car
- event: high school reunion, wedding, graduation, fishing trip, vacation
- adjective: funny, strange, sad, crazy, scary
Mad lib: It was a(n) [adjective] night with [person] when…
Answer: It was an unforgettable night with Matt when we spread out a blanket for a midnight picnic in the woods.
Now you try it, using these prompts:
1. I’ll never forget the time [person] misbehaved at [event] . . .
2. A(n) [adjective] thing that happened at [place] was . . .
3. Nobody ever talks about [person]’s . . .
4. I wish I could do [event] all over again . . .
5. [person] really surprised me when . . .
6. A favorite memory of [place] is . . .
7. [person] was so [adjective] when . . .
8. [person] made [event] memorable when . . .
9. I laughed so hard the time [person] . . .
10. One of my favorite childhood places was [place] because . . .
11. I felt [adjective] at [event] because . . .
From the March 2009 Family Tree Magazine