Write Your Family Story Series

Write Your Family Story Series

Think your family history might interesting enough to be the basis of a historical novel? How do you go about starting that writing process? Harold William Thorpe, who turned his mother’s memoir into two novels based on his family history in Iowa County, Wisconsin, shares in this series how to begin.

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Write Your Family Story – Part 7: Creative Narrative Summary

Write Your Family Story – Part 7: Creative Narrative Summary

My mother wrote her memoir, From High on the Bluff, in Simple Narrative Summary. In her memoir, she included lots of short snippets about events in her life but didn’t always elaborate on how she felt about them. When I turned her memoir into fiction, I needed to add new details and emotion to draw readers into the story, and I needed to lengthen the story. Here are 2 examples that illustrate the difference.

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Write Your Family Story – Part 2: Fiction vs Non-fiction

Write Your Family Story – Part 2: Fiction vs Non-fiction

I thought that my mother’s memoir, From High on the Bluff, contained interesting stories that I wanted to expand upon. So I added a bit of my own material and sent it off in 2003 to be evaluated by Writer’s Digest. At this point, it was still non-fiction. Whether fiction or non-fiction, I wanted this to be a true story, based on my mother’s actual life.

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