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Lost mother’s treasure of untold stories

Lost mother’s treasure of untold stories

As Mother’s Day approaches, my mind turns to my own mother, Patricia Agnes Mary Millar (nee Murphy) who passed away over a decade ago. Before my father died some time later, we recorded his stories and wrote them into a life story book. Before my mother died, we did not. To this day, I wish […]

Intuition leads to a life story

Intuition leads to a life story

It seems to me that life story writing is something you fall into after years of life experience and other forms of writing. At least, that’s how it happened for me. I’ve been a freelance writer, a copywriter, short story writer and fiction novelist. Four years ago I needed another source of income and while […]

Living my dream

Living my dream

I’ve lived and breathed storytelling all my life, both as a career and a hobby. Stories poured from my pencil as soon as I mastered the alphabet and continued throughout my childhood. In high school, I founded and ran the school magazine, and at uni, I wrote articles for the student newspapers. From an early […]

Tips for family history ‘conversation starters’ at Christmas

Tips for family history ‘conversation starters’ at Christmas

Creating and tapping in to family conversations at Christmas is the perfect way to collect the anecdotes you need to start writing your family’s history. An Aussie Christmas Picture an Aussie Christmas lunch with the extended family. The feast in the backyard has just finished—the endless dips, main courses and pavlova filled with fresh whipped […]

Three crucial steps to take before you write your life story

Three crucial steps to take before you write your life story

It can be daunting trying to come up with a story—the idea of sifting through files, photos, letters, and memorabilia, organising these into a coherent narrative, and making it appealing to an audience can be overwhelming. However, writing a book is also one of the most rewarding things you could do. Nothing worth having comes […]

The four memoir rules

The four memoir rules

Be careful to avoid focusing too much on irrelevant details as they reduce the potency of your theme.

Video: celebrating a life story with a twinkle

Video: celebrating a life story with a twinkle

My mother was turning 90 and we were going to throw her a party to celebrate. My wife suggested a video celebrating a life story – like mum’s life story – was a great way to showcase a person’s years. Mum was a bit of a clown after all and this would capture the twinkle […]

How to connect with your dad on Father’s Day

How to connect with your dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is the celebration of all the things your dad did for you and your family. We celebrate the occasion by giving gifts and hosting family gatherings that help us say thank you to the dad who made our lives special. Instead of buying an expensive gift for your dad that he doesn’t treasure, […]