Since joining the board of directors at our local historical museum, my views on memoirs, family histories and even diaries have changed tremendously. I'd always thought of these things in one of two ways: either you had to live a big, important life to be worth writing about (aka, selling) or it only mattered to your family. Now I've seen how these personal accounts of a normal life can be a treasure trove for historians.could not have said it better myself (which is of course why Kari is the writer, and I am the ...not)
Rather than blathering on, I'm going to refer you to one of the masters, William Zinsser, whose book On Writing Well is considered a touchstone for non-fiction writers. This article from The American Scholar is a wonderful read: How to Write a Memoir
From that article I condensed this nugget, a bit of advice any writer in any genre should heed:
"When you write...don't try to be a writer....Be yourself and your readers will follow you anywhere. Try to commit an act of writing and your readers will jump overboard to get away."
So write your story, large or small. You never know what value they will hold for those to come.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Here's a piece of a recent post by Kari Dell, one of the Fabulosity: