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Exploring the world of constructing identity through personal storytelling, lifewriting, memoir, journaling, life stories, personal history, and more.
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Fever Dreams—Investigating the Memoir

Fever Dreams—Investigating the Memoir | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Cahalan understands her memoir as an illumination of absence—a period of time when she was effectively absented from her own body—more than an act of retrospection. “Writing this book,” she says, “has been an exercise in my comprehending what was lost.” This confession of loss is also a confession of narrative fallibility: how can she recount what she can’t remember?
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The Things She Couldn’t Carry: Touching the Hem of My Grandmother’s Garment @ Shirley Hershey Showalter

The Things She Couldn’t Carry: Touching the Hem of My Grandmother’s Garment @ Shirley Hershey Showalter | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

Do you have any clothing heirlooms from ancestors? Are these tangible symbols powerful for you also? Help us count the ways!

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‘Without a life story, a child is adrift, disconnected and vulnerable’ – Dr Bruce Perry on the value and power of the Life Story approach « JKP blog - Jessica Kingsley Publishers

‘Without a life story, a child is adrift, disconnected and vulnerable’ – Dr Bruce Perry on the value and power of the Life Story approach « JKP blog - Jessica Kingsley Publishers | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
‘Without a life story, a child is adrift, disconnected and vulnerable’ – Dr Bruce Perry on the value and power of the Life Story approach «

 

Story telling is a unique and permeating quality present in all cultures across every era. The first and universal function of narrative in song, ceremony and story is how we have come to be, where we are connected, where we belong, where the connections were broken, lost, repaired. And in the cortically mediated narrative of storytelling of how we belong and how we have come to this point comes a powerful regulating, anchoring, reassuring and rewarding neurophysiological effect. It is no surprise that humans, the storytelling primates, are fascinated by narrative, poetry, novels and movies. The majority of our arts will portray personal narrative in some fashion.

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Storytelling through videos helps people with chronic diseases connect on new social network

Storytelling through videos helps people with chronic diseases connect on new social network | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Through social media and a crop of patient community websites that have sprung up (think PatientsLikeMe, MyBCTeam and Pulse of the Patient), any new player in the healthcare social networking space needs something solid to set it apart. A startup formed this year thinks it’s doing that by hinging on the storytelling power of videos to help people connect.

Read more: http://medcitynews.com/2012/11/storytelling-through-videos-helps-people-with-chronic-diseases-connect-on-new-social-network/#ixzz2BelsU0Sk

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Your Memories, Your Book: Tips on Writing Your Lifestory, 11 of 12: How to Know Whether You Are on the Right Track

Your Memories, Your Book: Tips on Writing Your Lifestory, 11 of 12: How to Know Whether You Are on the Right Track | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

Ask a trusted friend to read your work and make suggestions.

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Things That Should Never Stop You from Writing Your Story - Oprah.com

Things That Should Never Stop You from Writing Your Story - Oprah.com | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Everyone has at least one. Don't let anxiety, or the goblins of self-doub, keep you from telling yours.
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A Plethora of Writing Prompts for Creative Writing and Journaling

A Plethora of Writing Prompts for Creative Writing and Journaling | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
You already know that the best way to improve your writing is by reading, and by writing. But what should you write about? That’s where writing prompts come in.

 

Here, then, is a plethora of writing prompts to help you make the most of your writing time.

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Unlocking creativity and happiness with journaling

Unlocking creativity and happiness with journaling | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Journaling is not just for writers. And it's also not simply some silly outpouring of a middle school girl's heart. Recent studies show that journaling not only holds the key to powerful insight and creation but also to increased happiness.
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'The Internet Saved My Life': 10 Stories Of Rescue And Survival

'The Internet Saved My Life': 10 Stories Of Rescue And Survival | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
When you're in the job of curating stories of the human race's awesomeness, you often come across examples of the Internet's collective power to do good -- tales of generosity for a bullied bus monitor, for example, or an outpouring of support for a little boy with cancer.

 

But today we decided to go one step further. This slideshow is a testament to the Internet's ability to save a life -- literally. Concrete and tangible instances of the www preventing definite death -- from a man who used his smartphone to help himself during an earthquake, to a woman whose webcam viewers rescued her after a horse attack.

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Your Journaling Spectacular – Journaling Journey Day Four

Your Journaling Spectacular – Journaling Journey Day Four | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
After finishing a journal (maybe it’s a travel journal, or a remembrance of your family while you were young journal, or a family history journal – you never know the options that may be ahead for you.
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An Interview with Sonia Marsh: Making Your Memoir Read Like a Movie

An Interview with Sonia Marsh: Making Your Memoir Read Like a Movie | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
I am very pleased to welcome Sonia Marsh back to Memoir Writer’s Journey for the launch of her memoir, Freeway to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island. She discussed building an author platform in her previous post and started promoting her book months before it was launched, a lesson we can all learn from.
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Your Memories, Your Book: Tips on Writing Your Lifestory, 7 of 12: Old-time Western Movies Got it Right

Your Memories, Your Book: Tips on Writing Your Lifestory, 7 of 12: Old-time Western Movies Got it Right | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

Whether it is the first chapter in your book or the eighth, begin with the action or something interesting. Your readers will love it.

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Journaling Heritage Photos

Journaling Heritage Photos | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
This blog is about how to tell the story of a heritage photo by piecing together information. It was written by Appo member Stacy Cochrane.

 

Telling the story of a heritage photo is probably the most difficult. And what exactly is a heritage photo anyway? Old. Really old.

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#498 How old is too old?

#498 How old is too old? | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
For James Arruda Henry, the answer to “How old is too old?” would be: “Never.” He was 96 years old when he learned to read. Once he acquired literacy, he hand-wrote his autobiography, In a Fisherman’s Language.
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'It Was a Dark and Stormy Divorce...'

'It Was a Dark and Stormy Divorce...' | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
University of Arizona psychological scientist David Sbarra and colleagues decided to investigate the underpinnings of expressive writing, but they wanted to do more than that. They also wanted to see if they might improve upon the intervention.

 

People going through separation or divorce are encouraged to let go of their inhibitions and write continuously for 20 minutes on each of four consecutive days, exploring details of the experience that they have not shared even with family and friends. This therapy is not new. Indeed, it's been around for a quarter century, and has been shown to have a small but positive effect on both physiological and psychological well-being.

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The Life Story Book by JKP author Vera I. Fahlberg, M.D. « JKP blog - Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The Life Story Book by JKP author Vera I. Fahlberg, M.D. « JKP blog - Jessica Kingsley Publishers | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
The Life Story Book by JKP author Vera I. Fahlberg, M.D.

 

Every individual is entitled to his or her own history.

It is difficult to grow up to be a psychologically-healthy adult without having had to one’s own history. Traditionally, the family is the repository of knowledge about the child. Children separated from their families of origin do not have daily access to this source of information about their personal histories. It becomes more difficult for them to develop a strong sense of self and to understand how the past may influence present behaviors. Without this awareness, it will be more difficult for them to make conscious choices and to take responsibility for their own behaviors. For this reason, we believe a Lifebook should be made for each child. It is never too late or too early to make a Lifebook.

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Brains On Purpose™: Memory is a creative activity, like poets and painters in your brain

Brains On Purpose™: Memory is a creative activity, like poets and painters in your brain | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Memory is not like a video camera; it's malleable, shifting and changing with time, place, and mood. That's why, in mediation, the story of a conflict is not as important as the role and place of the current versions of the story in the path towards resolution.
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Quotes to Help You Write Your Story

Quotes to Help You Write Your Story | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.
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Use your Journal for Storytelling Practice — Writing Through Life

Use your Journal for Storytelling Practice — Writing Through Life | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
If you have stories you’d like others to read — whether family or a broader audience — why not use your journal as a place to polish your storytelling skills? After all, when you’re journaling about your life you are, in fact, recording stories.
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In Memoirs, Misery is Simply a Step toward Hope | Memory Writers Network

In Memoirs, Misery is Simply a Step toward Hope | Memory Writers Network | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
A participant in a recent memoir workshop asked me if all memoirs need to be about misery. I assured her there is no such rule. However, it is true that hard living makes good reading and at the end of a well-told story, the reader feels lifted by the triumph of overcoming hardship.
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Journaling for Mental Health

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Journaling is best prescription for mental health improvement...

 

Recognizing that you are in a downward spiral is the first step to correcting it. You must become self-aware and really see what you are doing in your life. One way to do this is through journaling. By writing down your thoughts and feelings throughout the day and week you can see patterns that arise. Are you always depressed after work? Do you dread the weekends? Do you have someone in your life that brings you down, or someone that brings you up? All these questions can be answered by writing regularly in a journal.

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Do We Need Another Memoir?

Do We Need Another Memoir? | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
I have a tale to tell. Although I am not singular, there are not many of us left who went all the way to AIDS and came back whole. I am an AIDS elder. I hold my story and the story of a generation who lived and died in an unprecedented era of plague.

 

As I grapple with writing my life's story, I have to ask myself, "Why am I doing this?"

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YOUR MEMOIR’S OUT…SO HOW DO YOU FEEL? | Jael Richardson

YOUR MEMOIR’S OUT…SO HOW DO YOU FEEL? | Jael Richardson | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

The most profound quantifier of how this whole experience feels—what it’s like to let a book go, particularly a memoir where you divulge all that’s personal and private—and return to the normalcy of motherhood, teaching, wife-dom, and daughter-dom, took place this weekend when I was in Toledo, driving from our hotel to the American “book launch signing” at Barnes & Noble with my father and brother.

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Easy Street Prompts

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YOU NEED INSPIRATION.

That's why you're here.

Easy Street Prompts provides inspiring visual ideas for writing and the arts. Use one of the prompts to get you started. Make something. A new idea will post every day. All you have to do is respond to it, so write, photograph, draw, paint, sew, paste, or whistle a happy tune. After you create, share it in the comments or post a link. We want to see. Tell us which prompts helped you get started, or restarted, or made you shake hands with the infinite. We want to know that, too.

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Writing Your Personal History

The task of sitting down and writing your personal history is overwhelming. Some people are blessed with the ability to write and some are not, but I have a system for recording your personal history that anyone can do. I wish I could claim credit for creating it, but I wrote my own personal history many years ago using this system from a book I read. I’ve taught a few classes on it, and everyone agrees that there’s no easier way to do it.

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