Since Wrote By Rote is a blog about memoir my Blogging from A to Z April Challenge theme will be accordingly related. In past years I've used A to Z to tell stories specifically about my own life experiences. This year I'll take a different approach that might be helpful to you readers who are in the process of writing a memoir or might one day consider doing so.
My A to Z theme for 2015 will be "The Elements of Memoir". This could of course cover many things such as the literary devices that make up a memoir. Those devices such as voice, setting, truth, story, or interpretation are the important mechanics that deliver the memoir effectively to the reader. However, the technical aspects are not the heart and soul of the memoir--that heart and soul are the elements I want to explore in my A to Z theme.
In my April series I'll be looking at the types of memoir stories. What is it that people want to read about? What is the subject matter that makes a life what it is and unique from the stories of other lives? We connect and relate to others and it's important to allow the readers to empathize with the stories in our lives. Our stories should command the attention of the readers while remaining a part of the story of the human experience.
We each have our own stories to tell to the world. Often we don't recognize the value of our stories, but those stories have value that attract the interest of others and unless we come to understand those stories we may go through our lives with the thought, "No one would be interested in my life."
You might be surprised at how interesting your memoir stories actually are and then maybe you will understand their value when you realize that others might enjoy hearing these stories. My A to Z theme will assess some ideas for you to consider.
If you'd like to join the fun in April go sign up at Blogging from A to Z Challenge. You can find other A to Z Themes at A to Z Theme Reveal. Lot's of fun coming soon! Hope you'll be joining us.
Do you think you have life events worth telling to others? How do you think the relatively mundane can be made more interesting? What is a favorite memoir that you have read?