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Posted January 31, 2005
Best Book on Memoir Writing
Forthe past 11-1/2 years I have taught a class in memoir writing. Before I started the class I did a good deal of research and found this book to be the one I liked best. There are from 25 to 30 participants in the weekly classes, and without exception they appreciate Lois Daniel's book. The book contains many examples that can trigger memories for the memoir writer. During my time as a memoir instructor, I have sold more than three hundred of her books to the students, and they have responded by writing fascinating memoirs to hand down to their families. I have no hesitation in recommending Lois Daniel's book to anyone contemplating writing their memoirs.
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Posted July 20, 2011
Simple to use and to have fun with at the same time.*
I have read a step-by-step guide for non-professional writers to gain insight from the experiences of others. The author started her career with an autobiographical workshop for older adults. Lois Daniel began writing, How to Write Your Own Life Story as a book when she saw that younger people were just as interested in writing about their present life as those in her workshop. I was able to read personal stories from letters, diaries, and journals of those who were discovering their own writing style.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Daniel's main idea for beginning to write a life story is to have her students begin a "memory bank". She explains the best way to start is to have a "two loose-leaf notebooks for writing your story" to record your memories with. When writing by hand ideas will come to you spontaneously and this notebook will allow you to record these memories when they come. She has her students write assignments to generate a starting point and when other ideas begin to pop into your mind your memory bank is where you go to write about those memories that come back to you. Daniel says, ".they come to mind (fast) - just a few words to keep the thought from getting away is all you need to put down." The different pages you label to prepare your notebook are things like: toys, birth, religion, holidays, turning points, inventions, family traditions, and more. By doing this you know where to write those fast coming thoughts and can come back to them.
I find this book to have a fun and insightful way to look at the past. I really enjoyed reading the excerpts she added in from the workshops she has had over the years. They added a unique character to the book. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is full of ideas that get you thinking about genealogy and family times. Start recording now and you will have more to share with family latter in life. As I have thought about my own life I have had ideas come to my mind that I never thought would be interesting to others. After reading her experiences I have seen that I do have an interesting family. I have a lot of good stories that I could pass on to my children. I hope that if I were to do something like Daniels that my family would appreciate the time I put in to it. I believe that when we get older things like genealogy become more important. If I start while I am young I could bring a lot more happiness to my life.
Posted December 29, 2000
Too difficult for a beginner
I found this book to be a little to complex for a beginner writing about their own life. It made it too complex and too technical. I wanted something that was going to guide me step by step in getting my thoughts in order but this was not it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2009
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