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Better Than Writing Prompts – Five Tips for Creating a Memory List

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People who are writing a memoir will sometimes say, “I want to write my stories but I have forgotten so many details. Is there any way I can get them back? Should I use a writing prompt?”

There is one tool above all others that makes the experience of life writing successful. That tool is not a writing prompt: it is the Memory List. No other exercise opens up the process of life writing as quickly and as surely as the thoughtful and thorough compilation of such a list. It’s simple, and as a first step, it’s crucial.

Let me tell you about the Memory List (a general term for your list of memories).

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3 Responses to Better Than Writing Prompts – Five Tips for Creating a Memory List

  1. terry September 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM #

    I don’t have a smart phone, but the cell I have is smarter than me. It has a “to do” function under “tools”. When I have a memory I summarize it in a few words and its there when I sit down to write.

    Terry

  2. Charlotte Hyatt December 23, 2015 at 6:44 PM #

    Hi Denis,

    I began a blog, charlottehyatt.wordpress.com, as a memory list. Getting a temporary job was a boon for my finances, not so much for my blog(:. By the time the job ended I had neglected the blog so long I just forgot about it; I never went back. This article reminds me I need to start it up again.

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  1. 5 Memory Recall Tips   -   The Memoir Network - July 10, 2014

    […] the details of our life stories can be a challenge. Devising a Memory List (pg. 41 of Turning Memories Into Memoirs) is the first best thing you can do, but if you want […]

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