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So how do you write a story that isn't yours? Tales of your forefathers tell
Tom and I, as individual mathematicians, concentrate mainly on assisting individuals to tell the tales of their own life. What if your selected projects should not tell your own story, but that of an forefather? Ancestors' tales are a different kind of difficulty from our own storytelling - we often have too much information and the difficulty is to know what to not do.
It then becomes our task to build an interesting story about doubtful, sketch-like or non-existent particulars of our lives. Do it personally. Don't be frightened to be a part of history. Only because you write about someone else's world does not mean that you have to accept a sober, learned "just the facts, ma'am" sound.
Finally, you write about your ancestors from your point of view what is a personal practice, so why not go with the tide and recognize your subject matter? It was a fascinating story about the lives of my fifth great-grandmother Alice Crawford at a point in my own lives when I needed to be inspired.
I have added my own emotions about the finding in this biographic outline of her. And the nearer your ancestors are related to you, the simpler it is. When the forefather is someone you knew yourself, you can write about your memory or your interaction with that people. They can even describe someone else's own memory of your topic:
" But the further we go back in history, the more creativity we have to become in personalising the story. Did it help me somehow to know about my ancestors? When you found out that your forebear was saving someone else's or being locked up as a steal?
Explain the joy you felt after you found your ancestor's funeral after spending month searching. The respectful inclusion of one's own thoughts and emotions in the story can make it much more interesting for the readers. This is an interesting concept for the project: changing tales from one's own lives with tales from the ancestors' lives that are connected by a thematic.
They can write about the times of their children as opposed to those of their great-great-grandmother or about their own fight against cancers, which is related to how their forefathers treated the disease over the years. In John Adams, biographer David McCullough is speculating about the state of thought and the inner dialog of his work. How come he was so absent-minded, so sluggish, so susceptible to the dream?
You don't have a picture of your family? Take a look at historic pictures from the same era to get an impression of what they were like. Attempt to get to the bottom of the "why" and "how" of your ancestors' life, and they will come to life for you and your readers.