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.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Activities and Addictions (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
One might think first of "autobiography" when thinking of memoir. However memoir is a bit more specific. Where an autobiography might cover an entire life, a memoir deals in parts of a life. For example, memoir can focus on feelings, impressions, specific events, or a period of ones life. Autobiography is more like a collection of memoir pieces compiled to create a broader life picture.
To start our alphabetical look at some of the elements or topics that can comprise memoir we will begin with activities. What are some interesting actions or interests that you have pursued in life? Activities will be covered in greater detail throughout our A to Z examination of memoir so we won't delve into the specifics in this first post. This generalization is intended to get your mind working as you think about your own life activities that other people might be interested in hearing about.
When we think of the memoirs that others have written, the actions of their lives create the story that is unfolded on the pages of the memoir. If those actions are exciting, inspiring, unique, and ultimately interesting then there is a story to tell. As with all writing, the intrigue of the story and the engagement value for the reader depends on the style of the writer and how they make that content work. The most exciting life can be a bore in the hands of a poor writer while mundane events can seem deeply meaningful when told by the storyteller who opens up our minds.
One theme often used by memoirists is that of addiction. Substance abuse and harmful habits are activities that are dangerous and deadly. An addictive activity is intriguing to most people and something that many others have faced themselves. The addiction story can be morbidly fascinating to readers and enlightening to the curious. How addicts lift themselves from the depths is often highly inspirational. These stories can also be helpful to those in similar circumstances.
There are many other stories that can fit in categories that start with the letter "A". Abuse, accidents, animal rescue or relationships, and art are some others.
What "A" topics can you add to this list? Are there any standout memoirs in any of the "A" categories that you would recommend? Do you have your own "A" topic memoir that you would like to mention in the comments?