Thursday, October 15, 2015

Literary Techniques: The Memory Chest

"I want you to know what it is really like to live the life of a geisha, a life filled with extraordinary professional demands and richly glorious rewards. Many say I was the best geisha of my generation; I was certainly the most successful. And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to leave. It is a story that I have long wanted to tell." (Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki)
It's about evoking memories and giving them life inside a story.
Exercise. Remembering a friend - To gain inspiration, look for pictures of when you were young. For instance, let's think that you find one of yourself enjoying a moment with your grandfather, with a friend from childhood, or with someone that you loved deeply. Why not write a story about your relationship with that person? Why do you seem so happy? What were you doing? What happened on that day? How was your grandfather's personality? Use those feelings. Were you in a park or at home? Close your eyes and imagine yourself in that moment: What can you smell? How is the light coming from the window like? How is the room decorated? Are there any animals at home? Are you alone? What do you like doing? What do you like talking about? Ask yourself all of this. Relive that moment, and express it on your story. You can change the names and features that you like. You can make it autobiographical, or let characters created by you live that relationship. You choose.

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