Dip into Writing Mother Memoir – Become a TellTale Soul

Shrimp Dip Made Classic

Yes, this photo is a basic shrimp dip. . .we’ve revved it up into a recipe of sorts, a classic formula for thinking on one’s feet, to be revealed in Kathy Myers’ creatively short bio-vignette following my remarks. Last week I had the pleasure to lead a mini Mother Memoir workshop at Marlene Cullen’s The Write Spot Blog in Petaluma, CA. I found myself surrounded by a room full of story writers, creative writers who proved to be deep thinkers. There would be no end to the flow of resourceful energy!  The evening promised to be interesting. It was by all accounts. Preparing to write a true and telling tale about one’s Mother is a big deal. Embracing her individuality, even bigger. So when I asked the newly minted TellTale Souls to open-up to looking at “Mom” from the inside out, to drill down to her very essence, before putting pen to paper, I first saw contemplative change reflected in their faces. Then I heard the hum of wheels turning in their minds as they

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Mother Memoir, “From the mouths of babes.” – TellTale Souls’ Bio-Vignette No. 14

Ego

Mother Memoir Writing Tip: Once you have discovered the theme or premise of the story that captures the character and spirit of your mother, keep your eye on the prize! Focus your power by holding fast to just those images and ideas that you want recorded in your memoir. Keep in mind the idea of parameters—the framework whereby your story needs to be contained so your story won’t get out of control. The following story excerpted from my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit exemplifies containing a story within certain parameters.  Anissa Hamdon-Morison’s story begins on page 137 of Act Three in the section entitled “Focusing Your Power.” You can easily find other stories I’ve posted from the book by searching “Bio-Vignette No.” Promise Keeper is the shortest story in the TellTale Souls collection, and you have already read the longest true tale, Sweet Persimmons, written

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Focused Memoir on the Power of a Mother-in-Law – TellTale Souls’ Bio-Vignette No. 13

Blair, musician, author, TellTale Soul

“If you’ve begun your Mother Memoir. You have discovered the theme or premise of the story that captures the character and spirit of your mother—so keep your eye on the prize. Focus your power by holding fast to just those images and ideas that you want recorded in your memoir. Keep in mind the idea of parameters—the framework whereby your story needs to be contained so your story won’t get out of control. Now, on to the next step in containing your focus powerfully: You must focus on how you write at the same time as you stay on track with the premise of your bio-vignette.  It’s time to look at how to narrow your writing focus, so you write to get your points across without injecting unnecessary information that will result in crushing your work with material extraneous to the story itself.”…(More will be revealed in the guidebook, available in Amazon in paperback and Kindle.) The following story excerpted from my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother

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Tone, Mood of Memoir Like Sweet Persimmons – TellTale Souls’ Bio-Vignette No. 12

Sweet, tangy, fruit of the gods.

  Sweet, tangy, fruit fit for the gods are words used to describe the tone and mood of the glorious persimmon.  The following story, entitled “Sweet Persimmons,” excerpted from my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit, sets the tone and mood of memoir in a comparably delightful manner.  The story begins on page 113 of Act Three in the section entitled “Using Descriptive Imagery.” You can easily find other stories I’ve posted from the book by searching “Bio-Vignette No.” TellTale Soul Helena uses dialog in a compelling way, allowing her characters to interact expressively, with feeling and emotion, infusing energy into her delicious story.  Notice how she conveys the mood, the overall feeling of her story, by the tone she set through the various voices of those present. Sweet Persimmons ~Helena Wan I rang the doorbell and waited, my thoughts going back so many years

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When Mother is a Devil and an Angel – TellTale Souls’ Bio-Vignette No. 11

Pam Coletta + Mom 9-09

 Mom! I’m shocked!  The following story excerpted from my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit is a delightful Mother Memoir, of a spirited woman.  This story begins on page 104 of Act Three in the section entitled “Using Descriptive Imagery.” You can easily find other stories I’ve posted from the book by searching “Bio-Vignette No.” TellTale Soul Pamela uses just the right touch of descriptive imagery while conveying deep attachment and sentiment in a humorous style as she invites readers to travel to the ocean beside her mother and herself. Traveling to the Ocean ~Pamela S. Wight I am here again, traveling along the same flat road, watching the tall green maples and oaks turn to scrubby, smaller bush and pine. What is it about my primordial need to return to the ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, every summer? As I breathe in the hot humid New Jersey air, a mixture of dirt,

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If You Did Not Know Mother, Imagine Her – TellTale Souls’ Bio-Vignette No. 10

Lynn Scott & Mother 2009

What if you never really knew your mother? You can still write a meaningful story. The following story excerpted from my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit is an excellent example of how one woman did just that.  This story begins on page 99 of Act Three in the section entitled “Using Descriptive Imagery.” You can easily find other stories I’ve posted from the book by searching “Bio-Vignette No.” To run after a shadow and learn to describe it is exceptionally rewarding because you have brought a dim memory or fragments of remembrances into the light and have become wiser for the effort. TellTale Soul Lynn Scott uses this approach as she weaves together her Mother Memoir. I’m Imagining My Mother ~Lynn Scott I am imagining my mother at three…a softly rounded little girl with huge blue eyes, set deep under lids like her papa’s. Her hair a thatch of white-blond,

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Capture a Memory, Write a Memoir, Connect to the Universal Mother

Connect to the Universal Mother

Capture It!  Write It!  Connect It!  These are the catchwords I used when creating the TellTale Souls website in the year 2000.  2009 was the birth of The Story Woman blog, where I began posting tips, lessons, and secrets on how to tap memory and write memoir, while sprinkling it with reviews of books that grabbed my attention and guest posts by authors and artists of interest. Closest to my heart is “Keeping Spirits Alive,” through teaching the writing of a special kind of memoir, the Mother Memoir, to daughters and sons who craft intimate bio-vignettes straight from their hearts. From showing folks how to Capture It! to teaching them how to Write It!, it was time to Connect It!  So folks had an easy way to connect, I strategically wove 40 bio-vignettes throughout TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit, published almost a year ago.  Many stories are also being posted, over time, on the this blog

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Grandmother’s Voice in a Lullaby – TellTale Souls’ Bio-Vignette No. 9

Robin's GRANDMA 2009

It’s time for a lullaby on The Story Woman Blog. Time to enjoy another story excerpted from my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit.  This story begins on page 95 of Act Three in the section entitled “Adding Depth, Design, and Color.” You can easily find other stories I’ve posted from the book by searching “Bio-Vignette No.” In the first stages of writing as a Telltale Soul, Robin began to hear bits of melody and some of the words from childhood lullabies sung to her by her grandmother. Astonishingly, the songs floated into consciousness on the very voice of her grandmother. Lullabies ~Robin Monigold Dressed up in a gown that trails on the floor In a picture hat your mommy wore Living in a world that you never knew My little lady, make-believe.   What a pair of shoes for two tiny feet What a pair of gloves, the fingers don't meet Posing in the glass, your

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12 Secrets at the Soul of Writing Memoir Well – Yours Free

Lynn The Story Woman characature

I gave away free copies last weekend of the Kindle version of my award-winning guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit.  I hope you got yours! That felt good, so now I'm happy to give you the Secrets at the Soul of Writing Mother Memoir, once again, free for the taking.  But with a added bonus. Follow me... For a long time now my secrets to writing well included 10 Secrets. Last fall I added the 11th Secret. Today I’m adding Secret No. 12: Secret No. 12, INNERSEARCH : Search inside yourself for memories and their meaning. Use Innersearch to go deep inside the realm of your subconscious mind. Let go the outside world and open yourself up to a new awareness. The next two paragraphs, which define what I call Innersearch, are taken directly from my book. Reading the book, however, is the only way to master this technique. Innersearch begins as a conscious, truth seeking effort into the

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Discover What The Red Ledger Holds in TellTale Souls’ Bio-Vignette No. 8

Red Ledger

Yes!  It’s story time on The Story Woman Blog, enjoy another story excerpt from my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit.  This story begins on page 81 of Act Two in the section entitled “Trusting the Message and the Messenger.” You can easily find the stories I’ve posted from the book by searching “Bio-Vignette No.” TellTale Soul Marie, the messenger of the story below, tells us about growing up with an untrustworthy, self-centered, and jealous mother who did not have her daughter’s best interests at heart. Although Marie found she could not trust her mother, she learned to trust herself. Through writing her bio-vignette, Marie came to realize she had never truly owned or given adult perspective to her emotional responses regarding her mother’s actions toward her. Marie chose not to add a photo. The Red Ledger           by Marie Wells Hers was a jaunty step like

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