A memoir takes some particular threads, some incidents, some experience form a person’s life and gives an account of it. ~ Richard Hell
Yesterday’s blog was all about using images, songs, adages, movies to elicit memories of times gone-by to help write life stories.They all serve as great writing prompts.
When I saw the image of this widely-used household item from my childhood it triggered powerful memories. Below are the words that I associated with this picture. The words became basis for writing the preface to my memoir.
Once I recorded my thoughts it was easy to compose the preface to the book. Then my words became complete sentences and a little organizing to make sure the writing became a well- developed composition that conveyed what I wanted to share with my readers.
Here are the free association words that immediately came to mind when I saw the image:
- First day of school
- socks with wrinkles
- foreign speaking doctor
- bus stop
- saddle shoes
- odd odor
- six years old
- my mother
- fear and anxiety
If you want to write your life story but are stumped and having a hard time getting started, dig out some old pictures from the past and see what happens. Here is a great article about the power of creative memory. http://huff.to/1pNAOvL
If you are interested in this thing called “independent publishing” there are many, many blog writings on All Things Fulfilling about the subject. Basically, I recorded my journey as I went through my own publishing process. On the right-hand side of this page, you can search by category – enter words such as independent publishing, writing, memoir, marketing independent publications, e-book publishing, writers, creativity.
That is all I’ve got for today! This blog brought to you by the award-winning author Sue Batton Leonard. For -information on her book Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected which won 2 EVVY book awards, please visit this link. http://amzn.to/1rOmKUp.