Telling Your Story

The essence of a good story is in the editing

You can start by listing a few ideas and seeing where your mind goes. Dot point a few memories before going into detail

Then choose one moment to share. Make it a personal message for someone or the group with whom you shared the experience.

Perhaps it’s a letter to your sister, the memory of the time you got caught pinching crab apples from the neighbour’s yard that gave you an awful belly ache!

You don’t need blow-by-blow or multiple stories, just one.

Conjure the memory
How did you feel?
What was the weather like?
What giggles did you share?
How did she help you?
How might this have differed from your usually shenanigans together?
Who else was there?
Was there friendly banter or a fear she helped you overcome?
Let her know how her presence in your life has endured.

Find some pictures to illustrate the time you’re recollecting, they could be from your own photo album or a random picture of a yard and an apple tree found on the web.

Consider telling the story via video, set up your phone to record. Write the story and illustrate in Canva.com.

Do this for the various people you wish to speak to gathering all the stories into your own memory book.

Storytelling has structure – a beginning a middle and an end. At first, you can have too much detail but jot it down. As one teacher once said to me you can’t edit a blank page.

The essence of a good story is in the editing down to its core. The deep feeling you have mustered. It can be difficult to say what we want to say even nice things to those we love so popping it into a letter or video message gives you a wonderful vehicle to practice saying the things you like to out loud.

Have you considered creating your own memory book or one for the whole family?

Let me know how you go. And if you need any help collating or editing let’s work together!