“A good way for getting in touch with childhood memories is to think in terms of specific emotional high points,” says Susan K. Perry, author of Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity. Perry suggests asking: When did I feel shame? When was I most embarrassed? When was I most afraid, sad, confused, angry? Write one paragraph for each of these questions. Pick one of the paragraphs and develop it into a scene for an essay or memoir chapter.
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