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 16, 2015
Neighborhood (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
There's not of a much better setting for memoir than the old neighborhood. Such a great cast of characters with so many stories to tell. You've got your friends, your enemies, the good neighbors, and the crotchety old meanies. A neighborhood is a place with character filled with characters.
Whether you lived in a distinguished old neighborhood or a vast tract of cookie cutter houses, each neighborhood has something special to offer your readers--something to which they maybe relate or a place where they could only dream of having lived. The sights, the sounds, the smells, and everything else that made your neighborhood what is was can turn a memoir story into a rich tapestry of memory.
There are many neighborhood stories you might draw upon. You can tell the nostalgia stories of growing up, changing neighborhoods to become the new kid on the block, or leaving the neighborhood where you spent your childhood years.
The neighborhood doesn't even have to be your own. Your best memories may have come from the old neighborhood where your grandparents lived or your cousin's neighborhood where you spent your favorite summer.
Your personal story is interwoven with the setting of your story. Take the greatest advantage of your story's setting. Make the neighborhoods come just as alive as the houses in that neighborhood and the people in the neighborhood. Take the reader back to your neighborhood so they can get a better feel for why you were as you were.
What was most special about the neighborhood where you grew up? Was your neighborhood a place of great stability or one with a highly transient population? Do you still live in or near the neighborhood where you lived in your younger days?