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November 17: Gather Details For a Better Memoir

It’s important to gather details for a better memoir and use them effectively to draw your readers in. The use of vivid sensory details helps your reader not only “see” but engage all of their senses to be fully immersed in the story. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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2 Responses to November 17: Gather Details For a Better Memoir

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    Lee Q. Miller November 18, 2020 at 9:25 AM #

    A tool I use with my clients is the website http://www.ourtimeline.com you insert your birthdate and it provides you with a list of events, political, international, music, theater,, books famous people. A great reference tool and memory trigger as needed.

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    Denis Ledoux November 18, 2020 at 12:18 PM #

    Thanks for the link. Of course—and I’m sure that this is something you share also—it is not enough to list historical developments at a time in one’s life. Those developments have to be relevant. If you were born the same year that the Studebaker ceased production and you have no relationship to a Studebaker, then mentioning it is just filling space. But if you were involved in attempting to relaunch the Studebaker years later, then the connection ought to earn space in your memoir. Readers must remember that it’s all about building the memoir to be more meaningful.

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