Make Your Scenes Come Alive Using Visualization 8

You know how it is, when you’re reading a really good book, you become so immersed in the story that you forget you’re reading? It’s like you’re inside the story, experiencing its events vicariously and viscerally — your body tensing and heart pounding during suspenseful moments, or tearing up when […]

From Memories to Memoirs, Part 3 — Remembering Vividly 6

This is the third in a series on moving from memories to memoirs. Click here to read Memories to Memoirs, Part 1 and Memories to Memoirs, Part 2. In part two, we used map drawing to trigger memories about place and time in our lives. In this article I present another technique to release sensory […]

Blogtalk: Using Music, Memories, and Writing 3

I’ve written before (over at about using music to set the mood while writing. Yesterday’s blog post by Sharon Lippincott, “The Power of Song,” is a great example of how music can pull memories from the past into the present. Sharon’s experience resonated deeply with me; listening to “Hey […]

Journaling Sensory Details: What We Hear 6

JOURNALING is a way of giving voice to our inner thoughts and feelings; in a very real sense, it’s a monologue for an audience of one. But journal writing can help us develop more than one voice and in more than one form. We can write in the child’s voice, […]