My local library doesn’t have a copy of Story, but they do have Storycraft, so I put it on hold so I can read it. The thing I got from the article on Jack Hart is the choosing the right form for the story is very important. I’m hoping that Storycraft will help me to know if the traditional story arc is the right approach for my Dad’s Navy experience.
I decided I should move on to day 6 of the Armchair Genealogist‘s writing challenge. While my map of Key West still is wanting for details, that will take time working with my Dad and they are home in Idaho now. Day 6 is about the story arc with Shar DeBarolo Carmack as the guest author. Lots of good info and some interesting stories were linked in today’s lesson. Here the two I read today:
“Aunt” by Rebecca McClanahan, author of The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change
It is good for me to read more family stories. Most of my reading in the past has been fiction or academic type books not family narratives. I’m hoping I’ll be inspired as to the type of voice my Dad’s Navy experience should have. Yet another day of this challenge that reminds me how little I really know about what I’m trying to do.
I’m so excited that I have a story arc! I hope my Dad approves. I’m meeting with him tomorrow. I feel like I got a flash of inspiration, what if there was just one class of students in the story? It wouldn’t be a real class but a fictionalized class so that all the fun, scary and challenging things that happened over 3 years could be compacted into one class. I think this could really work with the book ending with that class graduating. I would want to make it clear the liberties taken but it should make it all flow and be very interesting.
I’m so glad for the step by step help I’ve got from Lynn Palermo’s “The Companion Guide to The Family History Writing Challenge.” I went back over the part she has on the story arc and as I added more to her Story Arc Worksheet things just fell into place. If for some reason my Dad is uncomfortable with this approach my next suggestion will be to put together a collection of short stories about his time at the Underwater Swimmers School.
Either way, I think the next step is to come up with a bunch of questions to help him remember things about UWSS. Having them ready for tomorrow would be awesome but I’ll have to see how they day progresses.