Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life taps into the passion of connecting with loved ones through memory narratives. It empowers hobbyists to create a legacy of family stories and memory episodes through prompts, in-depth brainstorming exercises, writing samples, and just enough writing tips for writers to take pride in their projects.
This comprehensive guide features
• Simple, down-to-earth instructions to get you started
• Worksheets with in-depth brainstorming exercise
• Examples to spark your creativity
• Writing advice to make your memories shine
Preserve your stories and share them with the important people in your life using the easy tips and advice found in this memory-compiler’s companion.
One of my favorite programs is the TV show The Story Trek on BYU TV. The host, Todd Hansen, travels the United States, randomly knocking on doors and interviewing the people who answer. With the camera rolling, he asks pointed questions to help draw out each person’s unique story. The show proves the oft-repeated maxim that everyone has a story in them.
In Memories of Me, Laura Hedgecock shares the tools that can help even the most amateur writer to bring those stories to life. The format is straightforward and easy to use. Each chapter suggests ways to dig a little deeper into your family history. The worksheets are a helpful way to jog your memory. They’re especially useful if you’re not quite sure where to start, as they help you to focus on one area at a time. I enjoyed reading Hedgecock’s examples, as well. They helped to illustrate the points she was making in an entertaining fashion.
The format of the book allows a great deal of flexibility. You can start at the beginning and read all the way through, or you can choose the chapters that address your weaknesses or interest you the most. For example, there’s a chapter that helps you mine your memories of your grandparents, and there’s also a chapter to help you remember the antics of your children. The book also suggests areas that you might not have thought to include in your story, such as family lore, heirlooms, traditions, and beloved recipes.
Overall, I found this book to be complete and helpful. It also sparked a desire to write my family’s history. As I read through the chapters, I thought about all the stories we tell whenever we get together as a family, and I knew I had to put them in writing. I’m looking forward to testing the workbook myself.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in preserving their family history.
About the Author:
LAURA HEDGECOCK is passionate about telling stories and connecting with others. She comes by that passion honestly; her grandmother, Hazel Crymes, wrote throughout her life. However, her grandmother wrote in secret; Laura believes in sharing.
When she’s not writing, Mrs. Hedgecock enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage sons (and her Springer spaniel), playing soccer, nature photography, and finding her roots.