How to start to write an autobiography

There are as many ways to start and autobiography as people on earth. Oh my gosh! Which one to choose? Which one is “mine”? Why am I so stuck?

Because you don’t know that actually you have already started to write it. You started with that letter you wrote to yourself before making an important decision, you started while writing your diary or thinking about it hundred billions times in your head.

So, before you even think about anything else, before you even make a conscious decision that, yes, indeed, you want to write it, just take a breath. And another one. And another one… Pause what you are reading now and take eight long breaths, letting the air go though all you cells and breath out all your doubts. They are not useful for you right here, right now. When you have done it, resume your reading and I will tell you where to start….

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Done? …

Well, here is where you start: you get a folder, or a bag, or a box and you give it a place. Will it need to be hidden? If so, make it very unappealing to the members of your family or leave it at the place of a friend. If it doesn’t, give it anyway a reserved place. It is your work in process and you don’t want people peep in too much. At some point, if you so wish, you will show it to others. However the first and most important reader of your autobiography is your self. Treat your self as a precious and intimate lover. You will have a long walk to walk together!

In that folder, as they come, put pictures, diaries, poems you wrote when you were ten years old and anything that is meaningful for you, anything you want to remember. The picture of your wedding or the toy you gave your first child when was born, the last present your grandmother gave you. Your age doesn’t matter. You might want to write about the first twelve or the first hundred years of your life. If you don’t have the object itself, or it is not practical to put it in your intimate box, then take a piece of paper and you write down either the name, or some written text about it.

The second step, the second, not the first one, is that you take a notebook there you note anything interesting for you to write about your story. Do not think about the beginning of the book, or the story that you want to tell, or when to end it. You don’t know it yet. If some ideas come you write it down and you put it in your box or you write it in you notebook.

When you have done it, just let me know.

How was it for you? Have you enjoyed the process? Have you found it difficult? What emotions came from this exercise?

I am curious to know how you lived this experience! Write to me here, I will reply to you…

Published by Epsiloc - Enjoy Little things

Epsiloc welcomes you and invites you to enjoy little things, every day of your life, in everything you do. Those little things that might be so imperceptible that you might miss if you don’t look for them, but they are there and they make all the difference. Epsiloc comes from the Greek letter epsilon, which is used in physics for a quantity which is infinitesimal. In other words, it is so small which is almost zero and normally is neglected. But when it is put at the denominator of a fraction ensures that the fraction still makes sense. So, it is a very small quantity that is almost zero, but the fact of being there makes all the difference. This is true for all the fractions, and everybody calls is epsilon. Epsiloc takes the same concept but instead of the “n” at the end there is a C, and it makes all the difference… Epsiloc represents all my personal little things that make all the difference in my life, and invites, encourage, teaches you how to find your own. The path is not easy at every step you take, but always worth your effort. So, we can say that this is simply my personal website, in which you will find here the ways I can support you with, to find your own personal little moments to enjoy. Step by step. In every moment of your life. - C like Ceramics and pottery – creating from clay - C like Coaching Counting Celebrations of personal life - C like Creative and autobiographical writing - C like Common misunderstandings about maths and science - C like Casina in fondo all’orto, the children and pets friendly house I rent in Tuscany There are many other personal C in my epsilocs, like Children, Chocolate and Carbon etc, but those will remain in my Private Garden, so you will not find them here. ABOUT ME Ceramist, writer, scientist, teacher and chocolate lover. I am practicing ceramics since the age of 16, I followed courses in Italy, UK, South Africa and Belgium. Since December 2017 I have my own little atelier where I keep experimenting new techniques and where I give ceramics courses. Born in southern Italy, I grew up in Rome and I spent my summers in the countryside. I studied physics in Rome and in 1996 I move to Cambridge (UK) where I got both a PhD in nanotechnology and a 1-year certificate in Creative Writing. I them moved to South Africa where I have kept my passion for ceramics and creative writing, and I wrote my second book. I now live in Brussels where I teach maths and science, give ceramics courses and I coach clients to let emerge the best of them selves

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