Life Story + “Backstory” = Very Powerful Personal History

Check out this post by my colleague Sue Hessel on APH’s blog…

Life Story + “Backstory” = Very Powerful Personal History

Sue’s client, a holocaust survivor, clearly remembered her feelings from that experience, but did not recall the exact details. In such situations, personal historians like Sue do research to fill in the blanks. “With a little research on the backstory, we were able to not only confirm Dora’s story but add details and depth to make it all the more powerful,” Sue wrote in her post.

What research do you need to do to fill in the backstory on the events you remember?

About first person productions

My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.
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