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 9, 2015
Home (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
"Home sweet home" is that oft said wistful mantra that can take us back to good old days and love of family. Of course this is not the case for everyone. For some the house they lived in was more like hell than a home. Whatever the story to be told, there is usually some kind of semblance of home in the story setting. In some cases home is the story.
The smells, sounds, and emotions that we relate to our different home experiences can evoke many memories for ourselves and our readers. No matter what memoir story is being told it is important to get the home setting right--the rooms, the yard, the exterior, and the street where it sat or even still sits. A rich palette of word descriptions should be used to paint a clear picture for memoir readers.
If you are going to write the story that puts the reader inside your skin, make sure they feel at home as well.
When you read a life story do you like to know the details of where the person you are reading about lived? What are some memories of home that you feel are important? Is the house where you spent your childhood still accessible to you?