It’s my family history writing group this afternoon… we don’t do any research, that’s for another group, but we tell the stories. So what have I planned for this afternoon?
- Last time we were thinking about places we remember, or have visited, or have researched which have a strong or important or significant connection to us or our family or your history
- Today we are thinking about humorous stories from the past – our stories or our family’s. Sometimes we only have the bare bones of a story so maybe it’s worth thinking about linking two stories together to make something less than a snippet!
- We could do this by making several events happen on one day, by including a character’s memories of a past event, by having a character tell a story within a story… there are several ways stories can be linked.
- It might be necessary to have a foreword or introductory few sentences or a paragraph to clarify the true details and make it clear you have used some imagination to make the stories more interesting or clearer!
I am going to share the story I wrote which I posted here about ‘Jelly and Custard, which had two true things which happened to my dad, but I linked them by having him remember one as the other was going on. Other funny stories I could have told about him are the Rum Christmas, The Day He Met His Future Father-in-law, the time while he was in the parachute regiment and he was guarding the morgue and misplaced first a corpse and then his best friend and fellow guard…
If you missed ‘Jelly and Custard’, here’s the link: