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 25, 2015
Value (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
So often I hear people say, "No one would be interested in hearing about my life." My response to that is all lives have value--if you tell the story well, people will listen. Don't think in terms of how boring you might find your own life in comparison to the lives of others, but instead start by remembering some of the things in your life that were important, interesting, or funny to you. There is value in your life story.
You might think of it in terms of sprucing up a house that you're getting ready to sell. A touch of paint here, fixing a hole in the wall there, and generally just cleaning up the property can start making a tired old house a bit more valuable looking to those who come by to take a look. Curb appeal is the term used as a means of creating a better first impression of the house you want to put on the market.
Think of your "tired boring life" as just needing a shot of curb appeal to make the story more attractive. Add spice to the stories being told and dress them up with interesting language. As you start writing, put in healthy dashes of love and fun that will pep up your life story and make it more interesting. There's always some other angle you can add to a lifeless seeming story to make it the life of the party.
We have all been valuable in some ways to those in our lives and we have our function in this society. Turn that story that no one would be interested in hearing into a tale that will leave readers wanting more. Think it can't be done? Well think differently. Build the mindset that you have a story worth telling and add value to your story. We all have stories with value.
Do you think you've lived a boring life? Are you ever curious about neighbors or other people you know? Have you ever told a story about yourself that others found funny or interesting?