Writing our stories

May 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm 4 comments

Writing our stories We write our stories and make history every day we live. This year, my parents, who are not writers, decided they wanted a family history to celebrate their 60 years of marriage this coming June.

First on the list was making rough notes about their lives. Mom wrote copious notes on whatever paper she had in the house—brainstorming we writers would call it. Making lists of things to include, to get the process started.

Next came the interviewing and initial writing by an outside writer who gathered stories of my mother and father’s growing up years, their courtship and their life together. But there were still stories left untold, things they missed earlier.

I marked my mother’s copy with questions for other anecdotes I’d heard over the years. We filled in those gaps, probably still missing some.

A project that was to be a simple story of their lives has turned into something that’s anything but simple. More on this another day.

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  • 1. violetnesdoly  |  May 17, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Nice to see your blog, Storygal!

    I can understand about the family history project growing into an elephant. We have some friends who wrote theirs, and let us borrow it for a few weeks. What an amazing but ambitious book theirs is too. But it’s also priceless. I’m sure you’ll never regret doing it!

    Now happy blogging!

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    • 2. storygal  |  May 17, 2009 at 2:25 am

      Violet, thank you for your comment. Working on writing and editing the project has been a learning experience, and an interesting one at that. I don’t know how many pages we’re up to now. I will be writing more about that another day.

      Carolyn

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  • 3. Karen Toth  |  May 17, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Nice blog Carolyn! Thank you for sharing!
    Karen

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    • 4. storygal  |  May 21, 2009 at 12:58 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Karen. See you next week.

      Carolyn

      Reply

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