1. Conversation prompts us
A life story or memoir is what most people would like to leave for their families. Sometimes it is best done after conversing with an interested younger family member or a family friend. A memoir can focus on special parts of your life rather than the whole life. There may be one part of a long life which was particularly interesting because of the times in which the person lived. It is like opening a window into another world; it shows how a person has changed during other times.
2.Collect Family Photographs Look at an old family album- seeing a younger version of someone you love. Old photos can be a great starting point for thinking about one’s own life or that of a relative. Today we have more of our lives documented by photographs; it is a good way to begin that way and verify dates. Have a few photos important to you, ready.
3. Organize questions you should answer Preparing questions helps before recording. Who were my grandparents?How do I remember them? When did I start school? Where did we first live? Sit down somewhere quiet, and jot down events that come to mind. See where your memory takes you; list some ‘special moments’ in your life. If You’ve lived through interesting times such as a pandemic or a war or just changing jobs, you’ll see how you adapted.
4. Recording on Tape The process of taping an interview with another helps one think about life. It gives you ideas of how to start the story. Once you have done this, the writing will come easier to produce. You will be excited by the details you have so writing will be a joy. You will also have the recorded your voice forever on tape and on a CD.
5. Writing A lifestory can be sequential or can look-back on an interesting life in flashbacks. It can show how circumstances in the world affected you. If you have kept good notes and ensured that your interview with a relative is full enough, you will find the writing just needs organizing. A funny story can lead you into a life story. I used the biography of a singer who was as a member of the caste of ‘Phantom of the Opera to start his story.’ It seemed a unique way to show his ability and interests.
6. Evaluate the Worth of Your Record Thinking through your life is great therapy; it contributes to family history in the best way. It is not easy to face some difficult times but reliving them, may help too. I once wrote a story for a lady with terminal cancer who succeeded in sharing how hard she worked to escape her early poverty. She died peacefully a week later.
Taking some time to produce a clear memoir of life story is worth it. Your family will treasure it.
Think CORE:- Collect photos aand evidence you need before recording, Organize it well either chronologically or as a memoir of special times Record on tape or in writing a treasure any family member would love. Edit and Evaluate it. The care you gave to it will reveal your joy in your own life January 2021 or that of a special person.
Jane Buttery .