ORGANIZING MEMORIES for MEMOIR WRITING
HOW TO BEGIN ORGANIZING YOUR MEMORIES to WRITE YOUR MEMOIR
#8 in the Memoirabilia podcast series on How to Write Memoir
based on the book, “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’
NOTE: This post is NOT a transcript of the actual podcast…just a taste of it!
There’s only one small problem, and depending on how old you are, that problem can be HUGE, especially if you never journaled or gave up on writing a diary when you were a teen and your mom stuck her nose into it!
Now, it’s not so bad if you’re still in your 20’s, 30’s, even your 40’s. But what if you’re pushing 60 or 70, even 80? That’s a lot of years of memories to try dredging up, isn’t it?
Well, fear not. In Chapter 8 of “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’ I share with you one of the simplest ways to summon up and organize your memories. It’s called creating a “Memories databank” or “Decades Timeline” and once you get started, it gets easier and easier to locate memories hidden under those crusty layers of birthdays. Of course, you’ll need to listen to the podcast to find out how to do it. Or you could simply buy the book from my author’s website store at http://www.vigaboland.com/store
In Chapter 8, I show you how to set up that Decades Timeline and I give you plenty of other ideas too, like visiting this handy site, http://www.onthisday.com Why go there? To find out what was happening on a day that is particularly memorable to you! For instance, when I was writing my humorous memoir, “The Ladies of Loretto”, one of the days that stuck out in my mind was the day John F Kennedy was assassinated. It just happened to also be the birthday of one of my best friends, November 22, 1963. All of us had just finished sharing birthday cake during our school lunchtime, when that dreadful news broke!
Visiting that site, On This Day to check that date gave me a whole lot of other years to check out e.g. when did the Beatles come on the scene? What movies, songs were most popular? I spent hours pouring over the site and memories kept rising to the top of my aging brain!
Anyway, that’s enough for this blog post. Go listen to the podcast of Chapter 8 of “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’ to get even more ideas on organizing your memories for memoir writing. Don’t like listening to podcasts. Well, then, you can BUY MY BOOK HERE! Ciao for now!
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