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.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Who (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
The question of "who?" is one of the main parts of the memoir. We start with who we were and are and who were our influences, who were the ones who were our biggest obstacles, and who were the people who lent helping hands to us along our life journey. Memoir is a human story and therefore it is important to know all we can about the players in that story to understand the deeper meaning of it all.
When starting into memoir planning we should look closely at ourselves in order to decide who it is we want to portray in our life story. We might be a victim, a victor, or both. Our persona might be a mighty hero or the unassuming next door neighbor. The story we tell can include struggle, pain, and sadness alongside uplifting times of extreme joy. We have lived our experiences, but what do we understand about who exactly we are?
Your memoir is a sharing experience that to be truthful will require opening up your true self to others. If you don't do that then you are writing fiction and not an honest account of your life. Know thyself and tell the story the you yourself can truly believe in.
Do you sometimes feel like a stranger to yourself? Are you hesitant to open up to others when telling stories about your life? Have you ever read a memoir account that seemed insincere to the point where you could not trust it?