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A while back my twenty-four-year-old son recommended that I write my memoirs, if only for him and his eventual progeny. This was after I told him that I someday want to write a family history, novelized. And though I thoroughly enjoy Persona Paper and any time I manage to spend here, I feel torn when neglecting other writing projects, many of which I share with seren3 , and all of which need completing. So...

I decided that most of what I write here will (continue to) be of past memories. This way I can feel compensated in some way by generating however tiny an income, as well as a guarantee of a few readers and some feedback, as that seems to be the game here. Nice!

And I really like the idea of passing on some of my experiences to my future grandchildren. I believe everyone has had a life worth recording. You know, just little vignettes that have somehow shaped you... We don't have to be famous or wildly successful to be interesting. The best novels are generally about everyday people living everyday lives, as everyday lives always include some soap opera elements... Don't you think?

The old photo is of my maternal relatives...

image by BodieMor

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bestwriter wrote on March 5, 2015, 7:43 PM

Killing two birds with one stone. Not a bad idea. Keep going. emoticon :cool:

j2jworkz wrote on March 5, 2015, 9:27 PM

I absolutely agree, those are the ones worth reading.

allen0187 wrote on March 5, 2015, 9:45 PM

I love sharing my past experiences to future generations for them to read it. I agree that one need not be famous to be interesting.

seren3 wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:28 PM

I surely agree! I think personal memoirs are REAL history - not battles and policies written by the "winners".

BodieMor wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:53 PM

Yes, it seems that way to me! And I'm encouraged this way to do something my son asked of me.

BodieMor wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:54 PM

Yes, we all go through the kind of interactions that happen with characters in books, which I guess is what helps us relate!

BodieMor wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:55 PM

And a review of one's own life offers new kinds of self-discovery and understanding!

BodieMor wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:57 PM

I think that even historical fiction makes the famous characters believable by representing them living and reacting the way anyone would in given circumstances...

crowntower wrote on March 6, 2015, 2:37 AM

I love looking at the old photos.. it looks pretty and cool to see. You are right for saying those things, the best stories are come and inspired by the true to life record of the people who had a remarkable past, tragic or comedy ... but the one that the viewers and readers are really looking forward to is on how the characters survive the daily life that they are in too.

allen0187 wrote on March 6, 2015, 5:41 AM

So true.

Dawnwriter wrote on March 6, 2015, 6:43 AM

Excellent idea. Recently we taped memoirs of my father-in-law starting from his schooldays to his early jobs, marriage and life struggles. It was a lovely experience and essential for my children who are too young to know the importance of these memories now but might treasure them later.

BodieMor wrote on March 6, 2015, 10:49 AM

Exactly! And what a good idea to record them. That would make it easier to recall them, probably, too. How often I wish i had asked even more regarding my folks' pasts!

BodieMor wrote on March 6, 2015, 10:50 AM

Yes, the old photos are inspiring and give us glimpses into different times...