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Storyography:     A list of sample questions to jog your memory

                              and get those story juices flowing:

  • What was it like…? Childhood, the war, starting out…

  • What do you wish your mother or father had told you?

  • What made you realize you were ‘becoming’ your Father or Mother?

  • What rules or advice did you get from your parents? "My mother always told me . . ." or "My dad would always say ....."

  • Did you pass the same messages to your own children? 

  • Were you close to your parents? Why or why not?

  • How did that feel?

  • For whom were you named?
  • Did you know them? Do you know anything about them?

  • What event changed your life?

  • What was fun?

  • What would you do over? What do you wish you could change?

  • Who do you miss?

  • Do you want to forgive anyone?

  • How do you want to be remembered? By whom?

  • What is your favorite music? Do you play an instrument?
  • ​Did you play any sports?

  • What makes you laugh?
  • When is the last time you were embarrassed? (What happened?)
  • What activities energize and excite you? 
  • ​What makes you angry?


  • Who was/ is a hero?
  • Who was your best friend?

  • If you went back in time, what year would it be?

  • If you didn’t know your age, how old would you be?
  • Who inspires you? Why?

  • Who mentored you?

  • What was difficult?
  • ​What are two personal habits that have served you well?

  • What would you tell your younger self?

  • What would your younger self tell you?

  • What have you never shared but want to?
  • What do you consider the most important thing(s) you have done in your life?

  • How did you get along with your siblings (as applicable)?

  • Who was best childhood friend?

  • What favorite books (or least favorite) do you remember reading when a kid?

  • What was your proudest moment in school?

  • What was your first job?

  • Where did you meet your husband/wife?

  • What was courtship like?

  • Do you believe in love at first sight?

  • What inventions do you remember changing the world quickly?

  • When did you get your first computer?

  • What is the most inspiring thing anyone has ever said to you?

  • What are the moments in history that you can remember where you were and what you were doing?

  • What would you consider the high and low points of your life?
  • ​What aspect of your work are you passionate about?
  • When you are not working what is your greatest pleasure?