Since May is the month when we celebrate Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, this month’s books have to do with mothers and memories. The books I’ll talk about this month are Confessions of a Band Geek Mom, How to Write your Memoirs, a Book and Guide, and 101 Creative Writing Prompts for Memoir Writers.
Confessions of a Band Geek Mom by Stacy Dymalski – This book was a fast read for me. I’m not a mother, but I really enjoyed reading this book because I could identify with some of the things she talked about in it – she also provided an interesting perspective on moving from being a professional person who’s totally focused on her career to a mother whose main focus is her kids. Some of the chapters include “The Party’s Over (Or Is It?)” where she talks about her beginnings with her husband, and how she and her husband became parents. She continues talking about the parenting journey in chapters like “The Art of Using Scissors (Blood and Gore, Part 1)” where she hurt herself with a pair of scissors, “Towels Gone Wild (Blood and Gore, Part),” where she talks about an accident one of her friend’s children got into, “That Old Time Religion,” where she talks about her experiences teaching Sunday School, and of course “Confessions of a Band Geek Mom,” where she talks about her experiences when her sons decided to sign up for band.
How to Write Your Memoirs: A Workbook and Guide by Johnny Ray – This book is not one you should sit down and read all the way through in one sitting – you could, just so you can get an idea what the book is about, but because of the way this book is structured, you probably want to work through it a little bit at a time. In this book, Johnny Ray provides some exercises for people who want to write their memoirs. The exercises are designed to help you decide on a working title, figure out why you want to write a memoir, and what you see as the main purpose of writing your memoir, what you want to be remembered for the most, what you see as your legacy, why you feel your story needs to be told, figure out what slice of your life you want to focus on, who you want to include or exclude from your memoir, figure out how much time you have to work on your project and what your schedule will be, how you plan to do your research, figure out if you want to write the memoir yourself or hire a ghostwriter to do it for you, figure out how you’ll keep up with your notes when building your memoir, figure out which people you want to talk to when building your memoir, and then it goes into talking about things you want to include in your timeline, such as places you went to school, dates of birth and death of important people in your life, jobs you worked, people who were big influences in your life, times when your health played a role in your life, as well as other major dates that affected you. It then goes into other things you need to do to write your memoir, but I’m not going to go into those in detail here – I may write a more detailed review of this book later though, because it’s a great book for people who want to write their memoir.
101 Creative Writing Prompts for Memoir Writers by Alyssa Archer and Leslie Watts – This eBook also helps people write their memoirs, but in a different way from the previously mentioned book – instead of asking a series of questions about your life, Alyssa Archer and Leslie Watts provide different creative writing prompts that you can write about – you can include the answers to these prompts in your memoir if you think they’re appropriate. Some of the creative writing prompts include:
- Write about some of your earliest memories
- Write about the first time you held hands with someone romantically.
- Write about a time you went to great lengths to research something you were curious about – what did you find?
- Write about a lazy summer day with your best friend. What secrets did you share?
I hope you find these books to be interesting and helpful – if you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear what you thought of them – please feel free to comment below. And if you’re a mother, I hope you have a happy Mother’s Day!