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.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Imagination (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
Imagination is an essential element of all good writing. How you say something is just as important as what you are saying. A memoir should never be a dull recounting of a series of events or emotions, but the writing should be infused with rich metaphors, vivid descriptions, and unique phrasing. As in fiction, the writing in memoir should be kept interesting in order to keep the reader engaged. Good memoir needs to be written with imagination present.
Our life stories should contain more than just bodies and action. We go through life with our minds working and the memoir should reflect our states of mind and courses of thought during our times of action and inaction. When you do something in the story let the reader know details about your motivation for doing the action and what you were thinking as you did it. Round out everything by including body and mind. Usually this will take using your imagination as well as your memory.
In some stories the imagination can play a foremost role. There are times when you might think of yourself as being similar to the title character in James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". In this story Walter Mitty goes through a mundane life while playing out amazing fantasies in his head. Don't we all do this to some extent in our lives? We imagine the worst that could happen or the best that we might like to happen. We dream up all sorts of fanciful scenarios that accompany the actions we are doing in actual life.
Don't forget to include some of these daydreams in your memoir story if they help liven up the action. These imaginary scenes can make for nice comic relief as well as contrast to the reality of your life as it was or is. Imagination is your friend and a bit of friendly fun for your readers.
Do you tend to daydream? Have you ever worried yourself to a frenzy by imagining the worst scenario? When you are reading a memoir to you like to know about the writer's thoughts during actions being described?