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.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Journaling (Elements of Memoir)
Anyone who is contemplating writing a memoir someday would be wise to consider keeping a journal. Those journal entries sure can be a big help when trying to recall details of the past. In fact keeping a journal is not a bad idea for anyone whether planning a memoir or not.
There are many types of journals and a wide variety of information that can be recorded in the journals. In the past I've kept journals regarding my expenditures, my vehicle, and even detailing data for a potential legal situation. For many years I kept a very intricate dream journal which I still have after some 40 years. Someday I might want to use some of those dreams in my writing.
Otherwise I've done a poor job of keeping a journal that recorded my daily life events and now I regret not having something of this nature to which to refer when writing my memoirs. Once during a lengthy trip when I was on summer break after my first year of college I did keep a very detailed journal. Unfortunately several years later it was stolen with a number of my other belongings in a vehicle break-in. I've long lamented having lost that journal not to mention the other items that were stolen.
Hopefully no one will never steal a journal that you've kept, but even if you do lose a journal the act of having kept it can make memories keener. Perhaps one day I'll start another journal. In the meantime let me recommend that you do as I say and not as I have done.
Do you keep any sorts of journals? Have you ever lost or destroyed a journal that you had maintained at some point in your life? What type of information do you think you would want to record if you kept a journal?