Why do I feel drawn or compelled to write family stories?
So, if this material is significant in some way, to whom? Family and friends, or a broader audience?
What type of memoir: personal, family or family history narrative?
- Personal Memoir, not the same as autobiography
- autobiography: the story of your entire life
- personal memoir: specific incident, series of episodes or time period in your life
- Family Memoir: stories and facts about family members and/or ancestors.
To be written in first person, like the personal memoir, includes my personal insights and stories, feelings and perspectives gained after MUCH research.
- Family History Narrative: impersonal nonfiction account about several generations narrated in the third person much as an objective reporter.
So, I settled on the family memoir beginning with our grandparents, weaving the stories in a parallel to convergent sequence, using an altered chronological structure within each section. The theme or purpose--to highlight the threads or strands of grace God brings together to make the tapestry that is a family.
My assignment this week: 500 word narrative answering all of the above.
Two quotes I liked:
"The stories you tell about the past shape your future." --Eric Ransdell
Deuteronomy 4:9 “Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.”
Does any of this make sense?