In the memoir, Pieces of My Mother, author Melisa Cistaro writes about the need to write her story. Her brother has just told her he has a suitcase full of story ideas (“Pure gold,” he assures her) beneath his bed. Even though he won’t act on his ideas, she has a different strategy for herself as she writes: “I don’t want to die with a suitcase full of ideas underneath my bed or a hundred spiral notebooks full of stories beneath my desk. . .I had to get the memories and stories down on paper, and if I didn’t this history would be lost or—an even worse thought—repeated.”

For many of us our histories may be lost if we don’t write them down for our families and others. Our stories are precious, as are our points of view. As writers, with our unique voices, we feel an urge to get them on paper. Whether you publish with a traditional publisher, self-publish, or photocopy the pages and bind them, I encourage you to write your stories, including details of the era. What songs were on the radio? What were people wearing? These sensory details will make your story come alive. Write vignettes. Write short pieces. Maybe even write a book. The important thing is to leave your legacy.

Writing prompt

Set aside ten minutes and begin writing what you want people to know about you.

Copyright (c) 2015 by Laura Deutsch

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