A to Z Theme 2016
For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Beginnings and Beliefs (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
Memoirs can certainly cover bad things but life doesn't have to be all bad to be interesting. Many people do like to hear the stories about the bad things that have happened to others, but hopefully there is some redemptive or uplifting aspect to it all. That's not always the case. It all depends on the life story you are telling and what over all message you want to convey to your readers.
Good or bad, life consists of many beginnings: Childhood, starting school, entering a new career, or the early years of marriage are just a few examples of beginnings that a memoir can discuss. Beginnings can tell stories that lead to success or failure. They can describe how the memoirist got to where they eventually arrived. Stories about how life events or situations came to be can be of tremendous interest to readers. All beginnings should have an eventual outcome or at least some insight as to where the story might end up one day.
Life stories that relate to an author's belief system or their dubious encounter with belief that did not turn out well such as involvement and detachment from a cult can be compelling reading for many. This topic usually has a motivation to convert, enlighten, or warn others about the belief system to which the story relates.
Bad stories can make for good reading and good stories don't have to be boring. The mission of any memoir is to be informative but ultimately interesting.
What "B" topics weren't mentioned here? Can you think of any memoir that fits in the category of "beliefs"? What is a "beginning" story that you would like to read about?