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Memory writing prompt

“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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