Memoir Writing

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I strongly encourage everyone to write their memories from childhood. Here's my page about this: http://virginiaallain.hubpages.com/hub/writing-triggers-for-family-memories

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What Voice Should I Use When I Write Family Histories?

What Voice Should I Use When I Write Family Histories?

Ever wonder which voice to used when writing a #familyhistory in when you want to share stories and add additional commentary?

Should I Include That? - Family History Writing Tips ~ Family History Fanatics

Should I include that? ~ Family History Fanatics

Some stories that we discover in family history are a bit off color or shocking. Should you include it in your family history?

How To Describe Your Ancestor's Physical Appearance ~ Family History Fanatics

How To Describe Your Ancestor's Physical Appearance ~ Family History Fanatics

Fiction novels are compelling not because of the world building, but instead, they have engaging, fully-fleshed out characters. In short, good stories are about people. So why is it that family histories are usually about facts rather than the people behind the facts? What’s more, how can we change that? One quick trick is to describe the physical appearance of your ancestors. But wait, I don’t know what my ancestor looked like. How can I describe their appearance? That’s a great question…

Over 30 Words to Describe Your Ancestor's Physique ~ Family History Fanatics

Over 30 Words to Describe Your Ancestor's Physique ~ Family History Fanatics

Tall, dark and handsome. Is there any other character description more cliche than that, even if it’s true? Your ancestor might have been marked on military draft cards or passports as Stout and Medium for this build and height. What can you do with these descriptions, combined with photos, to describe your ancestors to your relatives? Take time to look at a photo, if you have it, and see if any of the following words fit your ancestor’s physique. 30 Words to help you describe your…

Over 60 Words to Describe Your Ancestor's Hair ~ Family History Fanatics

Over 60 Words to Describe Your Ancestor's Hair ~ Family History Fanatics

In previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of writing about your ancestor’s physical appearance and how to find details about their physique, if you don’t have photos to aid your writing. Today, let’s give you a quick list of adjectives that can help you describe your ancestor’s hair color and style if perhaps you have a photo to draw inspiration from. Hair color is the easiest to assess in color photographs. It’s more challenging in black and white images. Pick the adjectives that…

Over 80 Words to Describe Your Ancestor's Facial Features ~ Family History Fanatics

How To Describe Your Ancestor's Physical Appearance ~ Family History Fanatics

Fiction novels are compelling not because of the world building, but instead, they have engaging, fully-fleshed out characters. In short, good stories are about people. So why is it that family histories are usually about facts rather than the people behind the facts? What’s more, how can we change that? One quick trick is to describe the physical appearance of your ancestors. But wait, I don’t know what my ancestor looked like. How can I describe their appearance? That’s a great question…

The Common Application announced their college application essay prompts for next year. The big news is that the essay prompts and word length will remain the same!

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Tips on How to Write a Memoir

After years of teaching groups of seniors about writing their life stories, I'm sharing here my tips on Memoir Writing. I hope you are writing your own memories for future generations.

The Common Application announced their college application essay prompts for next year. The big news is that the essay prompts and word length will remain the same!

Tips on How to Write a Memoir

After years of teaching groups of seniors about writing their life stories, I'm sharing here my tips on Memoir Writing. I hope you are writing your own memories for future generations.

Memoir Writing Tips - Making It More Vivid

Memoir Writing Tips - Making It More Vivid

While writing a memoir, it's easy to get caught up in writing the facts. Looking back through what you've written, it may sound rather dry and lifeless. Here are some ways to make it more vivid.Replace ho-hum words with more exciting ones. Look for descriptive words that are vague (a few, some, nice). If your sentence was "my uncle was a nice man," you need to add some punch to that. Expand on the topic. "Uncle prided himself on being the family helper when anyone was in need. Once he bailed…

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Memoir Writing Tips - Include Timeframe References

As you write about episodes in your life, keep the reader informed about when this takes place. You can do that by mentioning iconic things from that era or national or world events that happened. Give the reader some clues. Was this happening in the 1960s, the 1980s, or more recently?In my mother's memoir, it's fairly obvious since the subtitle is Growing Up in 1930s Kansas.The title itself sets the location, My Flint Hills Childhood. Even so, she inserted an occasional date to keep the…

Memoir Writing Tips - Include Timeframe References

Memoir Writing Tips - Include Timeframe References

As you write about episodes in your life, keep the reader informed about when this takes place. You can do that by mentioning iconic things from that era or national or world events that happened. Give the reader some clues. Was this happening in the 1960s, the 1980s, or more recently?In my mother's memoir, it's fairly obvious since the subtitle is Growing Up in 1930s Kansas.The title itself sets the location, My Flint Hills Childhood. Even so, she inserted an occasional date to keep the…

Memoir Writing Tips - Photos Jog Your Memory

Memoir Writing Tips - Photos Jog Your Memory

Get out your old photos to serve as memory joggers in writing your memoir. Look at them, really look at them. Probably you've seen these photos dozens or even a hundred times. This time you will look beyond the surface. In this line-up, I see myself and 3 of my sisters. I'm guessing it is around 1960 before our youngest sister was born. The house must be the one on Carr Street where we lived when I was in 4th and 5th grade. We are barefooted, so it must be summer and we are probably at home…

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Memoir Writing Tips - Jogging Your Memory

If the memories don't flow easily from your mind, you'll need to try some memory joggers. Photos are wonderful for this. You need to really examine a photo to get the full benefit.Look at the photo closely to determine what the occasion is and where and when the photo was taken. Start writing what you see. Include information about the clothing people are wearing, interpret their facial expressions and body language, and look at the background for small details. Photo from Pixabay.Other…

A good memoir theme is common, something anyone anywhere can relate to. It's your responsibility as the writer to connect the audience to the theme.

What Are Some Good Memoir Themes | Networlding.com

A good memoir theme is common, something anyone anywhere can relate to. It's your responsibility as the writer to connect the audience to the theme.

Build your story around this foolproof framework to keep your memoir afloat. by Adair Lara

The Key Elements of Writing a Good Memoir

Build your story around this foolproof framework to keep your memoir afloat. by Adair Lara