Stories are about characters desiring something and the things that prevent them from getting what they want.
This is true for both fiction and memoir.
Another word for desire is yearning, suggesting the deepest level of desire.
Characters have problems and yearnings.
Do they overcome them?
What obstacles get in the way?
Answering these questions results in story-telling.
Writing Prompts as a guide, or a map, leading the way to telling the narrator’s story:
Interview yourself or your fictional character, by answering these questions:
How did you get started in your line of work?
How did you become interested in your hobby?
What did you desire at age 18?
What did you desire at age 25?
What do you desire now?