Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing: How to Transform Memories into Meaningful Stories

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The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing provides you with all the tools and encouragement you need to preserve the memorable tales of your life. Within these pages, you will learn effective methods and discover insightful tips to create meaningful stories and collections that will be treasured, not only by you, but by generations of your descendants, as well. Lifestory writing instructor and coach Sharon Lippincott guides you through every step of the writing process - from planning through layout and ...
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Overview

The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing provides you with all the tools and encouragement you need to preserve the memorable tales of your life. Within these pages, you will learn effective methods and discover insightful tips to create meaningful stories and collections that will be treasured, not only by you, but by generations of your descendants, as well. Lifestory writing instructor and coach Sharon Lippincott guides you through every step of the writing process - from planning through layout and publication. With the instructions in this valuable resource, you will be able to: Identify your overall purpose for telling your lifestory, and use that purpose to maintain project progress, Develop a personal plan of action suited to your individual workstyle preferences, no matter if they be highly organized or semi-chaotic, Stir your creative energies and recall relevant memories to record in your stories, Write solid stories and edit them to the desired level of polish, Compile accumulated stories into a finished volume to be printed by any of several means. Whether you like to keep a handwritten journal, tap away on a typewriter, or post to a blog, every aspiring lifestory writer will benefit from reading The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979299803
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Point Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Setting the Stage     1
Why We Write     2
What Are You Waiting For?     8
How This Book Works     13
Get Organized     16
Tools of the Trade     18
The Write Spot     21
A Clear Sense of Purpose     22
Planning Your Project     25
Selecting a Framework     30
Memoir, Autobiography, or Lifestory?     33
Making Sense of Memory     38
Capturing and Organizing Memories     39
Compiling Your Plan     50
Working the Plan     50
Where Heart Meets Paper     52
Story Planning     54
Optional Elements     62
The Write Path     68
Warming Up     68
Write That Draft     69
Back It Up     72
Firming the Basics     74
Why Edit?     75
When to Edit     76
What's Involved in Editing     77
Getting Started     78
Polishing the Details     88
Powerful Beginnings     89
And Endings     90
Descriptive Magic     94
Attention to Detail     100
Editing in Action     107
Before You Print     110
Know When to Stop     111
Stories from the Shadows     113
Why Write These Stories?     114
Writing On     121
Responsible Writing     132
Other Challenging Topics     139
Embarrassing Memories     139
Boastful Memories     141
Conflicting Memories within Families     143
Faith Matters     146
Medical Matters     147
Writing about Your Ancestors     148
Writing Someone Else's Story     149
Editing Someone Else's Story     150
Preserving and Expanding the Work of Others     151
Maintaining Momentum     152
Curing Writer's Block     156
Finishing Touches     162
Punctuation Guidelines     163
Style and Grammar Matters     172
Pulling the Project Together     179
Organize Your Material     179
Publishing Options     185
Celebrate!     194
The Story Doesn't End Until You Do     196
Try New Media     197
Take Your Stories Public      197
Try a Little Fiction     198
Keep Writing for Fun and Enlightenment     198
Sharon's Stories     199
Crunchy Frosting     199
Fair Warning     202
Can You Bring Your Gun to My Wedding?     203
Donnie Becomes Real     205
Rocking Chair     213
Adventures of a Chilihead     218
Fall, Then and Now     222
Mother Goes Gaga     226
Mayhem at Camp RYLA     229
Topsy Turvy Attitudes     235
My Write Hand     238
The Lifestory Circle     239
Memory Triggers     243
Tickler Questions     243
Jump Starts     247
Layout and Other Geek Stuff     248
Page Layout     249
Working with Style     259
Templates     261
Adding Photos to Text Documents     264
That's It!     267
Bibliography     268
Books Cited in This Volume     268
Additional Resources     269
Index     272
About the Author     276
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