If your friend wrote a book, you’d love to read it. What’s more, you’d be intrigued to see what they write about you. It will be the same with your friends, so to avoid any awkwardness later consider mentioning those who are likely to read your book.
Also, consult your address book and Christmas card list. After all, if you’ve been sending cards to friends for 40 years they must be worth a sentence or two in your book.
Try to be even-handed in what you write; seven chapters about National Service and only two paragraphs about meeting and marrying your wife may take some explaining!
Handle sensitive areas with care – after all a book is a permanent record. Gentle anecdotes about children and grandchildren are to be encouraged, indeed they’d be disappointed not to read them. If in doubt, consider asking them to read a draft before going to print.
Writing is tremendously therapeutic, but don’t feel that everything has to be shared with your reader – some pages can always be left out or even committed to the wastepaper basket.