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With the launch of our new web site, Soleil Lifestory Network has become The Memoir Network! We’ll still be dedicated to helping people write their family and personal stories through memoir ghostwriting & co-authoring, memoir editing, memoir coaching, and book production. We feel our great new name more accurately emphasizes our core mission: to offer writers the help to succeed at preserving their memoirs—personal and family stories—in book length form rather than in shorter versions—lifestories—and also to provide Memoir Professionals the support so necessary to quickly launch and effectively sustain a memoir-writing based business.
TheMemoirNetwork.com is growing every day. As we transition from our old website, TurningMemories.com, over the next few weeks, you may continue to see some of our products branded as Soleil Lifestory Network.
In 1988, Denis Ledoux began presenting a memoir-writing workshop called Turning Memories Into Memoirs. Over the years, he has branched out from a single workshop to offering coaching, editing, ghostwriting, tele-classes, book production services and many print titles. As a result, he has succeeded in delivering a consistently motivating and empowering memoir experience that delivers the promise of its name. Our Turning Memories Into Memoirs® method, products and services continue to help people of all ages and from a wide range of backgrounds to successfully write their personal and family stories and to do so in a timely manner.
- Deadline for Early Registration: Write Your First Draft Teleclass on August 2, 2013 11:59 PM
- Deadline for Early Registration: Revise & Polish Your Memoir on August 23, 2013 11:59 AM
- Write Your First Draft Teleclass on September 4, 2013 3:30 PM
- Write Your First Draft Teleclass on September 18, 2013 3:30 PM
- Revise & Polish Your Memoir Teleclass on September 25, 2013 3:30 PM
The Memoir Writer's Blog By Denis Ledoux
The importance of facts in memoir writing
The importance of facts in memoir writing such as dates, addresses, names, and relationships, are one of its special feature.
Memoir writing cannot, without deleting from its value, omit dates and specific identification of locales, names of individuals and their relationships to one another. Memoir writing is factual writing: hence the importance of facts. A memoir without these facts is like a map without route numbers. Whether I know the people in the stories or not, I always want to be able to move easily in the complicated terrain of relationships and the sequence of events so that I might, through reading, form my own views about the character. Hence the importance of facts in memoir writing.
How facts in memoir writing make a difference
Facts help us to evaluate. That someone started to play with the symphony orchestra at age 15 is very different from starting to play at age 20 or at 25. At fifteen, one is a prodigy; at 20, gifted; at 25, talented. It is impossible for the reader to assess subtleties of character without this information that again underlines the importance of facts.
Facts determine relationships with precision. I want to know whether Uncle Ralph was Grandmother’s youngest brother, or Grandfather’s older one. Or, even more complicated: was he in fact a cousin who because of a close relationship, was always called Uncle Ralph. The writer may know the answer but it’s almost guaranteed that the writer’s grandchildren will not and certainly the grandchildren’s children will not. The reader who has bought the book will be unable to capture the nuances below the surface of the story without these details.
Facts help the reader to locate parts of the past shared with the writer. When you say you were born downtown in a tenement–exactly where was that? Was it on Oak, or Birch, or Walnut St.? Besides helping the reader to interpret your story, this information certainly will make it possible for someone to go to the actual site where you were born, or empathize because of his or her own experience.
Facts help the reader to maintain an independence from the writer. When these sorts of details are omitted, the reader is forced to rely on the writer to understand what the story might mean. (Most readers are not comfortable with this relationship to the writer.) Sometimes, factual writing is also important if readers are to know which parts of a lifestory is appropriate to apply the lessons of to their own lives.
There’s not getting around the importance of facts. We’ve all had the experience of meeting someone in person after having been “told all about them” through another’s description–only to realize that the description we received reveals more about its author than its subject. The importance of facts in memoir writing is indisputable.
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