Following the success of her Family History Writing Challenge in February, The Armchair Genealogist blogger Lynn Palermo encourages us to consider writing short stories about our ancestors. In the latest issue of Storylines, Ms. Palermo rightly says that writing a lengthy story about our family history can seem overwhelming. Writing a short story can provide us with “a quick shareable vehicle for our narratives.”
Ms. Palermo offers several reasons why the short story format is beneficial to sharing our family’s stories. Two reasons that stood out are Capturing the Attention of a Younger Generation and Avoid Too Much Backstory. When you write a short family history, you learn how to go quickly to the plot and eliminate the details and unnecessary information.
Ms. Palermo says, “A family history short story will not be an epic tale that includes your entire research. Rather, it will provide a snapshot of a moment in your family history. It will be a snippet of time which centres on an event, a day, an experience or incident specific to an ancestor.”
To help us start, Ms. Palermo will provide a writing prompt each month. This month’s prompt is about an Easter memory.
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