November 21 Activity: Learn to use visualization in your memoir.
The memory list remains a powerful tool for memoir writing. Given the time to compile an extensive memory list, many of us can come up with many of the details of our lives. But, as good as the memory list is in propelling us through our past, it can come to a halt. What to do?
Use visualization in your memoir recall.
1. Sit comfortably in a chair and begin to breathe regularly and slowly. This can be a lot like the meditation process that anyone reading this can implement.
2. When you find yourself relaxed, let your mind and your imagination wander to different times in your life. Choose one of these times, to visualize more in depth. In your mind, let the scenes come up. Scrutinize that scene.
- Who is there?
- What are they doing?
- What details are clear to you?
- What feelings do you have as you remember the scene?
- What role are you playing in the scene?
- What role are the other people playing?
- What feelings are they demonstrating for you?
3. When you are ready to jot down notes of your experience. You will find that the information you derive feels true to you and not made up. Later you can use the information from this visualization to incorporate as much as you can into your life story writing.
We have helped many people whose lives demanded to be recorded but who themselves were not writers to create interesting and well-written memoirs.
We listen to you speak your story. We ask you a multitude of questions. Then we get to work writing. We come back to you with text and you make lots of corrective comments and we ask you a whole lot of new questions. Then, we go back to writing again.
Over time, your story develops into a memoir—one that you have shaped at every stage of the writing process.
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