Facebook jogs my memory about products, foods, entertainment, and practices common when I was growing up. The emotions these things evoke startle me when I consider people born two or three decades after me have little or no idea what it was like during that time.
As a writer, I can use these experiences to enhance my stories. When something traumatic occurs in the present - a new event for younger individuals - I can reach down and recall the first time life tried to throw a knock-out punch at me.
Another interesting use of nostalgia or bad situations is to write about that time period. Somehow, it's daunting to think of yourself as living during a historical period. While I'm not prepared to do this now, I've begun gathering material:
1. Pinning fashions from the 1950's and 1960's.
2. Decor from that period.
3. Jotting down bits and pieces from my own life.
4. Remembering historical events from the era.
5. Thinking about society during those times and the turbulent era of the 1960's.
Even if you don't write a full-scale novel or non-fiction article about your life and times, this information could come in handy when referencing older characters or for comparison purposes.
Just think, the first smartphone will one day be remembered the way we recall party lines and telephone booths now.
Writers: Do you keep a file with historical references or life happenings? Please share.
Readers: Would you enjoy novels/articles with events or products that create nostalgia about your past? Please share.
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