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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Strategy # 8 Hidden Secrets: Family History Cont’d

Build Your Story: 8 Strategies for Writing Innovative Setting with Impact

Family Heirlooms

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?

Family Reunions

1.     Do you remember? Ask the older generation questions; use tape recorders if possible.
  1. If an artist do some sketches, or get pictures.
  2. If talking about family history while at the reunion is not appropriate then set up appointments either in person or by phone.
  3. If possible—do a group memory of a particular incident.
  4. Ask—how did you get your name?
  5. Family “secrets” Was the person really a scoundrel or just different from the others?

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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Sincerely Marcy

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