Biography Timeliner

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 


Why should I write my story?

Write your story to share your experience, your knowledge, your wisdom. Who knows who might be touched, who might be changed, who might be inspired?

Write you story because it is therapy, it will help you to heal. Writing down your experiences may help work through the pain, may help to let go of the sorrow.

Write your story to leave a legacy for your family and friends. Your children, your friends, those who are a part of you long after you are gone will be grateful to know more about you then just your name.

Write your story because your life matters.  

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If I am writing my life story, isn't it really an autobiography?

Biography – comes from the Greek biographia:   bio (meaning ‘life’)  + graphia (writing or record of account). So, biography means writing about life.

In the Biography Timeliner, we use the term biography in a broad sense where a member may record their personal life story, or use it to record someone else's story, like a parent or child. It could even be used as a template to develop a fictional character for a novel that mirrors the writer’s personal life story, or a ghost writer to gather information about their client.

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Is my data protected?

Yes. We are using TLS (or SSL as most people still know it by) to ensure that your data is safe. If you are using Chrome, you will see a green padlock in the address bar, or if you are using Microsoft Explorer, you will see a lock icon beside the refresh button. This means that all your data is encrypted, which is a process of encoding messages or information so that only authorized parties can read it. 

In addition to that, your password is stored in a manner that no one knows what it is except you. No one else, not even the Biography Timeliner team, will be able to access it. We also have the privacy setting which allows you to keep your work secret and is only accessible to you. 

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Can I use this program to write my father’s life story?

Yes, it can be used to write about your father, your mother, whoever you want. In fact, the Biography Timeliner offers guidelines on how to ghostwrite for someone else using this program. Read the article How to Write for Someone Else.

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Some of my life I want to keep private. Can I leave chunks of my story out?

Your life story is about you and the page. So what you write, and what don’t write, is entirely up to you. You are encouraged to ‘tell all’, however, sometimes what appears between the lines is just as important as what’s in the lines. Trust yourself. Always. 

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My sisters see my parents differently to me. How do I tackle that?

It’s your story. It’s your perspective. Writing your story is not simply a narration of facts; it’s about how you see things, how you interpret things, and how you feel. Write from your own perspective.  

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I’m not really good at writing. But I do have a great story. What shall I do?

You have come to the right place. You will be encouraged to write how you talk, to simply express yourself and you will be guided with coaching material, templates, and word lists, every step of the way. 

 

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 Will the Biography Timeliner help me with my genealogy?

The Biography Timeliner is not a genealogy service like Ancestry.com, but instead, it gives you a place to organize and expand on the information you found during your own research. While supplying tools to help you write the story behind your ancestors’ amazing lives, it also offers research tips and coaching advice to help you pull everything together. Check out Uncover Your Ancestry and How to Write About Immigration

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Who would want to read my story? It's boring!

Let’s face it, what have you lived, survived, and thrived through?

The answer: Love, loss, adventures, challenging times, pride moments, growth, decay, rebellion and sometimes indifference, all set to the backdrop of an explosive century of war and peace, industrial and scientific advancement, global communication, sexual revolution, man on the moon, spiritual confusion, the IT highway, global dialogue, reconciliation, robots, medical advancement, cloning, communism, nationalism … the best of times, the worst of times.

So boring? Nope - not for a single second!

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