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By better understanding how life stories are built, this work suggests, people may be able to alter their own narrative,in small ways and perhaps large ones..." ~ Benedict Carey, Science section, The New York Times"This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved.In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage." ~ Ellen Goodman, (Boston Globe via Deseret News, 4-12-02)"Memory revises itself endlessly.
"I started out on this project, viewing it as a way to leave something for my children.Going Home Again (David Brooks, NY Times, 3-20-14)."Most of us have an urge, maybe more as we age, to circle back to the past and touch the places and things of childhood. Songs exploded from his head.""If you want to keep a memory as is, you carve it into a story.Communing with your significant dead is what it amounts to, and that is an exhausting thing.Not unpleasant, but still hard work." ~ Martin Amis, on BBC's website about writing one's memoirs"Every American may be working on a screenplay, but we are also continually updating a treatment of our own life - and the way in which we visualize each scene not only shapes how we think about ourselves, but how we behave, new studies find.I've just never known what to expect nextbut it all happened whether I was ready or not." ~ From a story on coastal181about the autobiography of Kenny Wallace, a popular NASCAR driver and SPEED TV personality, written with Joyce Standridge Storycatching, life telling, life writing (visually, orally, in print, audio, video) capturing a life story and life lessons for future generations Do it yourself or hire a personal historian (your memoir ghostwriter) to help!
(this section has its own table of contents)(in several categories: Writing personal and family histories, Memoir writing as discovery, Memoirs, healing and self-understanding, Memoirs from writing prompts, Anthologies, The art and craft of memoir and biography)Everyone has a story to tell but many of us need help telling it or finding the time to record, collect, and edit the stories of other family members.
All demonstrate the power of the word to salvage from the onrush of life, nuggets worth saving. bonds people together far more than shared chromosomes . And it had a profound effect upon me." ~Mary Caplain, about her experience doing a 40-minute interview with Story Corps (link below)I can't stress enough how different it is to write about the real and the unreal.
~ Tristine Rainer, author of Your Life as Story and Writing the New Autobiography"Do I -- do we -- remember only those scenes that fit neatly into the central narrative in which we're most invested, the one that dovetails most cleanly and neatly with the sense of self that we've chosen or that's been imposed on us by the people around us? When I started writing my memoir my whole metabolism changed.
Yes, I'm mentioned here: Telling Their Life Stories, Older Adults Find Peace in Looking Back (Susan B.
Garland, Retiring, Your Money, NY Times, 12-9-16) Storytelling, so important in late life, may be facilitated in many ways, including Guided Autobiography classes (in which participants write stories to read aloud each week, on themes such as Money and Work), other forms of memoir writing workshops, telling one's story to a hired personal historian (to be captured in print, audio, or video), or participating in dignity therapy (as part of end-of-life treatment).
I started out the way I was raised, in the old-time mountain style, and Ive never wavered from it. I think that means a whole lot to the audience the people knows exactly what to expect. As everyone has said, something happens in that booth, where your very private thoughts that rumble around in your head and your memories suddenly come forth, and the voice that Dave just talked about, thats your soul.