Memoir Writing For Dummies
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A good scrapbook is more than just pages with photographs and mementos, it's a record of events, which means that your journaling skills get to shine as well as your creative skills. To encourage your journaling skills, use the tips in the following list:

  • Jot down notes and quotes in a small notebook and carry it with you wherever you go. Before you know it, your notebook will be full of material for the tales that you can share in your scrapbooks.

  • Take a hand-held tape recorder to family reunions and other events so you can preserve the great stories you'll hear.

  • Interview older members of your family now, before they're gone or their memories fade.

  • Write specific questions for interviews beforehand, and remember not to interrupt while someone is telling you a story.

  • Use your photographs as writing prompts for your journaling.

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Ryan G. Van Cleave, PhD, is the author of 20 books, including creative writing textbooks, an illustrated humor book, a young adult novel, and a bestselling memoir. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, where he works as an international speaker, a freelance writer, and the creative writing coordinator for The Ringling College of Art + Design. He has taught memoir writing at numerous universities, as well as at prisons, community centers, and urban at-risk youth programs.

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