Is Your Family History Good Enough To Write About?

United States
November 15, 2008 4:19pm CST
I started writing a novel about my grandparents (my mom's parents). When they were both living they always had a story to tell. They also had a lot of drama and tragedy in their families. The novel is based on the story of their long-distance relationship during the late 1930's. The story is based on the letters they sent to one another. Also, the stories they told me when I was younger. With the facts with a little fiction thrown in, I think I have a page turner. How about your family? Can you turn their story into a novel?
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
15 Nov 08
Oh I would love to write a book but I don't think I would have enough to write about but I did write a little story about someone I really cared about and it was to be given to this person if anything ever happed to me as I wanted him to know the whole story of my feelings, a life long love, but he passed away not long after, I showed a couple of people and they said what a goos movie it would make, so because this person was an entertainer I actually got the urge to do a tribute website for him and I started it off with a little part of my story so people could how much he was loved and the reasom why I was putting the webpage up..
• United States
15 Nov 08
Awww...that was very sweet of you. I'm sorry for your loss. Is that the website you have on your profile? I'm still on dial-up so it was taking a while to load.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
15 Nov 08
Yes that is the my webpage, it has grown somewhat over the past few years as I am promoting a lot of people who were in his life as well now...
@sooz48 (34)
28 Nov 08
What a lovely idea. I have been researching my family history and have found it facinating but would never have thought to write about it. I should think your novel will be very interesting as you have so much background information that you can use. Perhaps this is something I should think about; there are parts in my family history that could be made into a story. Thank you for sharing the idea and hope your book does well.
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
25 Nov 08
I have quite an interesting ancestry - something about a lost soldier that never went back to Spain when he was here in the Philippines. And another from the other side of the family, are the forefathers of the province we now live in :D It's actually cool and the details are even better. I think I WILL write something about it someday. But not anytime soon. I would have to do a little more digging to make things more interesting. Thanks for commenting in my discussion!
@patgalca (14650)
• Orangeville, Ontario
21 Nov 08
I wish I knew enough about my grandparents to write their story. My father didn't really tell many stories about his family. My dad passed away two years ago and I am learning a lot more about him now that he is gone. I wish I had asked him questions when he was alive. I've been asking my mom questions; she has known my dad since they were 13 and 14. My dad was an amazing man and I would love to write his life story. He was very humble and really didn't brag about all the good things he was doing. Even my mother is learning things about him that she didn't know... stuff he has done in business and volunteer work. For anyone whose parents are still alive, be sure to ask your parents about their past... before it's too late.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
17 Nov 08
My family has a famous history and it might be fun to write. Unfortunately I neither have the talent nor the stamina to write so it will have to be up to other members of my family to give it a go. Cheers!!