- If an artist do some sketches, or get pictures.
- If talking about family history while at the reunion is not appropriate then set up appointments either in person or by phone.
- If possible—do a group memory of a particular incident.
- Ask—how did you get your name?
- Family “secrets” Was the person really a scoundrel or just different from the others?
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Strategy # 8 Hidden Secrets: Family History Cont’d
Build Your Story: 8 Strategies for Writing Innovative Setting with Impact
What is it—either of value, or funny—catalogue the items.
The one item that my youngest aunt saved for me from this grandmother was a christening gown, made of intricate lace and exquisite needlework. Each child in the family had worn it and I was the last to inherit it. How she came upon such a rich garment from a lower working-class background was a secret that no one knew. But it traveled across the ocean with her and christened her next three children born in her new country.
What heirloom has a secret? Is it dangerous? What damage can it do to present relationships?
1. Do you remember? Ask the older generation questions; use tape recorders if possible.
Share: What reprobate is in your character’s family history? How does she think of him or her?
Read deep, marcy
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