Tag Archives: personal history

Recommended Reading: Writing Hard Stories

  The Takeaway: If you’ve ever struggled to write about difficult periods of your life, Melanie Brooks’ “Writing Hard Stories” can provide guidance, solace and inspiration. The book features interviews with well-known authors who have published at least one memoir, and digs just as deeply into their emotional process as it does their writing process. […]

Stop Waiting, Start Doing: Your Guide to Busting Family History Procrastination Problems

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay.) At about this time last year, I published a guide to getting family history projects done by the holidays. I wrote it because it was the post I needed to read back when I was struggling to finish videos, audio programs and written reminisces in time for my own family’s holiday […]

Worth A Listen: Top Audio Tracks for July 23, 2016 – Personal/Family History Edition!

Photo courtesy of Pixabay. It’s been quite a while since I posted a roundup of podcasts and this is the first time I’ve focused upon personal and family history programs. But there’s a vast trove of audio to enjoy if you like hearing life stories, and here are some of the best programs I’ve discovered […]

Recommended Reading: Why We Write About Ourselves

The take-away: If you have ever wondered what the “right” motivation might be to write about yourself, or if you’re wondering why so many successful writers try their hand at memoir, Why We Write About Ourselves will provide some answers, as well as leave you with more questions about why people publish in this most […]

Coming attractions: Join our list to learn more about creating personal and family history projects!

Photo courtesy of Caro Wallis via Flickr. Over the past few years, I’ve shared a lot with you here on the Listen Closely Productions blog … Podcasts to fill your earbuds, samples of what family history projects can look and sound like, and extensive how-to posts that walked you step by step through the process […]

Leaving a Legacy, One Sentence at a Time

Photo courtesy of Abizern via Flickr. I was reading a blog post by author Greg McKeown the other day, and he made a comment that, although it was really aimed at making readers more productive and better leaders, really spoke to me as a personal historian. He noted that after both his grandfathers died, one man’s […]

Remembering Your Year: Preserve Your Memories Before They Fade Away!

Photo courtesy of Melissa Gruntkosky via Flickr. One of the hardest parts of writing a personal history, a memoir, or a family history is deciding what to write about. And that difficulty is compounded if you feel you can’t remember enough about what’s happened to you to write anything significant about it! There’s an easy […]