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Leaving a Legacy: Writing a Memoir for Your Family


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Are you a natural storyteller? If you love sharing stories of your youth, you may like to write a memoir you can pass on to your children and grandchildren.


Here are some tips to get you started.


START SMALL

Don’t think of your project as a book. Rather, tell your stories one memory at a time. Not sure where to start? Try one of these prompts:

• The place where you played as a child

• An event that made you proud

• A special holiday

• A prized possession

• A memorable person from your youth


USE SENSORY DETAILS

Sensory details make your audience feel what it was like to be in your shoes. Try to remember what you were wearing or how the ground felt under your feet. How did the room smell? Was there a distinct sound? Were you hungry? Chilly? Shaking? Sweating?


TALK ABOUT YOUR EMOTIONS, THEN AND NOW

Reflect on your feelings at the time of the event, and then consider whether you feel the same way now. You may be surprised at how you’ve changed over time. Sharing these insights can enrich your story and help strengthen your connection with your loved ones.


PRESENTATION

Once you’ve written your story, consider compiling a book or creating a video or audio recording of yourself recounting your stories. When you’re ready to share your stories, reach out to professionals in your community to help with editing, printing or recording.

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