Two resources yet to be found...
After work today, I started thinking about what might still be missing from my writing sources and came up with three:
- an email to my husband's siblings detailing the conversation between myself and Cousin Hattie (or the original notes...if they still exist),
- a portfolio of poetry I wrote for my final project in Advanced Composition: Poetry back in the early 1980s, and
- photos from this period.
However, I am determined to locate them by the end of tomorrow to be ready for the start of the Family History Writing Challenge on February 1st!
W Storyboard Three Act Structure
I came across this video last year during the Challenge, and have decided to use it to help organize my writing. I found it very helpful in placing the major events of my memoir along the story line. Take a look and see if it might not help you as you begin planning your family history book.
Below is how I have initially structured my memoir.
You can see that it acts as a means of outlining the sequence of events.
Setting up the Problem:
2. First Turning Point
Recovering from the Problem:
- Hattie's call
- The family reunion
- Piney Grove
- The promise
3. Second Triggering Event
Deepening of the Problem:
4. Lowest Point in the Book: Worst case scenario
- The prayer
- The harbinger
- Living with death
- The anniversary
5. Resolution or Epiphany Moment
- Present, past and future sight
- Learning from Job
- Slowly fading
- Branching out
Since the major events of the memoir take place between the years 1990-2009, a period of nineteen years, I have not yet generated a timeline of events. The detail over a shorter time period is astounding; and for that reason, I will work on it as I develop each Act. In that way, I will create three timelines more focused on each island I will be writing.
I hope you'll stop by each day and see the progress I am making, as I participate in The Family History Writing Challenge 2013!