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The Photo Scribe: A Writing Guide / How to Write the Stories Behind Your Photographs [Paperback]

by Denis Ledoux
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 1998 0961937343 978-0961937348 1
The best guide available for remembering and writing stories that turn regular photo albums into lifestory photo albums. 128 pages of helpful text, hands-on exercises, and lifestory examples. The Photo Scribe helps to recall the stories of your life and will show you how not only to write better captions but to go beyond captions into lifestory writing. Your albums can go from being just lovely pages to telling your story and the story of your family.

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"Having been a diligent scrapbooker for over 25 years, I felt that I was already capturing the meaning of the photos in my albums, but The Photo Scribe has inspired me to new levels of photo-journaling. This practical step-by-step guide can enable anyone to discover the depth of her memories." -- Rhonda Anderson, co-founder of Creative Memories, providers of products and classes dedicated to photo-safe preservation

"The Photo Scribe is an effective way to make sure your pictures will share your precious memories with generations to come." -- Michael Benard, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Vice President, Eastman Kodak

About the Author

Denis Ledoux is a memoir-writing teacher who also does extensive editing. He has spoken at national scrapbook conventions and expositions. Twice a Maine Writing Fellow, he believes that the photo album is a natural medium for recording the stories behind the photos. He lives and writes in Lisbon Falls, Maine.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Soleil Pr; 1 edition (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961937343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961937348
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With over 60,000 books currently in distribution, author and educator Denis Ledoux, M.A. Ed., has been helping writers and memoir professionals since 1988. His book Turning Memories Into Memoirs helps people write their personal and family stories. Mr. Ledoux's work has been cited in Time Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist and other like publications. He continues to provide ghostwriting, editing and memoir writing services. His website is: - the premier online source for memoir writing tools.

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended March 27, 2001
I have also read numerous books and articles on how to improve your writing skills and telling your life's story. This one is simply the best. It takes you through exercises that are simple, yet effective. I read the book once, and without consciously trying, my writing effectively quadrupled. A few more reads, and I now routinely write 4-5 pages to describe a day's event. Not only that, but the writing style is much tighter, and I have learned not to focus on the obvious, but to focus on the thoughts and feelings of the participants as well.
Incidentally, I have also read Joanna Campbell Slan's book. It is different in focus, but if you must choose one, this is definitely the one. Everything else I've read is covered in this book, usually more thoroughly.
Note to scrapbookers: this book is definitely useful to scrappers. However, it is *not* a layout book. This is a book about how to write, not how to compose your writing into your scrapbooks. Don't let that turn you off, however.
This is easily one of the best purchases I've made.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
I've looked at several books written to help the scrapbooker improve the journaling in photo albums, but this is by far the best. Mr. LeDoux covers the basics of journaling styles, but goes well beyond these to inspire readers to really give some meaningful thought to what they want others to know about the experiences displayed in the scrapbook. He provides food for thought, as in his caution that "cliches will never tell you or your children's children the story behind the photograph." It is easy to caption a picture with such phrases as "oh, where's the sunblock." Go beyond these lines, and really tell about the events, feelings or outcomes of that trip to the beach. Mr. LeDoux's book will help you move toward truly thoughtful and reflective photo-journaling.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to journal the stories behind your photographs. June 15, 2003
By A. Ryan
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What made you take those photographs in the first place? Why do you spend so many hours preserving them? Just what are you trying to express?
At some point, you must have decided who your "audience" would be - guests in your home, for whom you write cute and clever quips as captions to your photos? You could create albums just for entertainment. A dry historical record of the names, dates and events you are preserving? Well at least you are helping the family genealogist at some future date. Or something deeper...perhaps a heritage for your descendants someday, in which you express your personal life's story?
The Photo Scribe will teach you to do just that; to examine and organize your memories, building a file of "lifestory" experiences until you can journal the real stories behind your photographs. It is a process that you can't rush through quickly, which may be offputting at first to some who (like me) are used to speed scrapping or scrapping with the intent to display photos first and journal as an afterthought. You will learn that even those precious pictures are really just secondary players to the memories you are expressing in your journaling. Think of the lifestory you are writing as the cake and the photos as icing - mere illustrations. You could even journal and scrap a few pages of lifestory without photos at all, where necessary.
I will admit to having some problems with these concepts when I started reading The Photo Scribe. The implication that I had breezed through my journaling impatiently and missed the entire point of scrapbooking was a bit depressing. For example, I had never examined my underlying goals for my albums when I started them. If I had, I might have realized that "Jake and Eric, July 2002. My Watermelon Patch Kids!
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