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Prompts for the First Two Weeks of November Is Lifewriting Month

Below are prompts for the first week of November. To help you to write your memoirs more prolifically–and even bring them to a finish in the form of a published memoir–I offer these eight suggestions to help you succeed. They are tried and true tips that bear repeating and repeating.

November 1: Ask someone in your family to tell you some of his/her lifestories.

November 2: Share a few of your lifestories with someone with whom you have not done so before.

November 3: Visualize an event from your early life. Take notes on what you recall.(See pages 52 and 136 of Turning Memories Into Memoirs, third edition)

 November 4: Create a memory List of at least 200 items. (See page 41 of Turning Memories Into Memoirs, third edition)

November 5: Write a story from an item on your Memory List.

November 6: Organize a lifestory party at which you invite your siblings. Have a free exchange of memories.

November 7: Tell a story to your child or grandchild about one of your grandparents.

November 8: Tell a friend or relative the back story of an object in your house. Write the story down.

November 9: Write in a journal about today. Include salient details that will make the day vivid when you reread this entry years from now.

November 10: Write a 3-to-5-page story about something in your life you have not spoken to many people about.

November 11: Volunteer to write five pages of a relative’s lifestory.

November 12: Find your memorabilia (diplomas, newspaper articles, certificates) and write at least 50 memories that come to you.

November 13: Reread old letters and write down as many memories as they bring to mind.

November 14: Find a memoir in a bookstore or library. Begin reading.

November 15: See a movie that is a biography.

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