New posts have been few and far between around here lately, but there are some good reasons for that.
First, I’ve been working with a talented copywriter to expand this website to function as more than a blog. With my webmaster, we’re revamping the entire site and making changes based on what memoir and family history writers (as well as sincere wannabes) have told us they want and need.
Second, I’ve been focusing on writing personal essays. As a memoir and family history writer, I’ve learned it can be useful to start small. As in, with an essay.
That means you don’t have to think in terms of writing an entire memoir or history of your family. You can break your project into small parts by writing individual essays. For example, you can write a short piece about:
• The jobs you’ve held,
• The houses you’ve lived in, or even
• The pets you’ve loved.
Of course you can write short but challenging essays, such as:
• What you wish you’d told your parents when you were a kid,
• Why you chose the wrong career, or
• The reasons an important relationship failed.
For more prompts to get you writing short pieces—personal essays—take a look at: Supercharge Your Life Writing With These Ideas.
For a sample essay about family see, On Family, Chosen Family, and Sisterhood.
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