a) Family History/Genealogy (Can be huge depending on documentation) My wife’s documentation is 18 inches high.
i) Do research
ii) Dig for details
iii) Find skeleton in the closet
iv) Use photographs, drawings, maps and charts.
v) Provide adequate documentation
b) Autobiography – (Big…Book length) Chronological, accuracy is essential.
c) Memoir (Big…Book length)
i) Focus on Events or themes
ii) Write in 1st person – “I”
iii) Think small or narrow
iv) Cover one point
v) A window, not a summary of life,
vi) The secret is “details”
vii) Part of country
(1) Create a sense of place
(4) Attitude of people
d) Mosaic/Quilt (Personal Essays and Short Stories in one volume) – Mark Twain’s “Life on theMississippi”
e) Personal Essay (500 to 1,500 words) about “I”.
f) Short Story (500 to 10,000 words)