Writing Life Stories: Session1. June 9 2015
Greetings to everyone who signed up for the latest four-week Writing Life Stories class! Oh, it’s been a warm week and it was nice to have the door of the classroom open. We had an interesting first day getting to know each other a little bit and there are certainly some feisty and experienced writers in this group!
We spoke today about the dangers of fractured memories and about the risk there is of taking something we heard as the literal truth—out of context for what it originally meant.
I presented two, no, three cases of my own: The story about how one of my brothers developed a fear of horses, the story about how my dad lost his hair, and my memory blanks due to trauma as a result of not only the ’64 Alaskan quake and tsunami, but the wreck not long afterwards during the first snow on the old AlCan highway.
Having family members to speak with that shared experiences with you are wonderful resources when it comes to filling in the blanks or, when need be, setting you straight. When family is unavailable, there are historical resources that can help fill in the places, styles, and weather anomalies within a particular year.
Try writing the experience in first person present, as if reliving the event. However, if you do this, and if the event is traumatic, have a support network standing by to help guard against severe depression and or relived terror.
I am also in the process of writing another blog post on the topic: “Who is the target audience of your life stories.” I’ll put the link up here when I’m done.
• Love letters
• Dime horses
• Junior High
• Trouble on the Disneyland teacups
• Sneaking out
• Monkeys jumping on the bed
• Snowed in
• Charlottesville, West, VA.
• Life Guard
• Being ran over
• Gulf of Mexico
• Thank you notes
• Adventurous experience
• First swim