Day 19 – Describing Your Ancestor’s Internal Reactions

Day 19 – Describing Your Ancestor’s Internal Reactions

Feb. 19, 2017 by

  Yesterday we reviewed external actions and reactions that came in the form of gestures and mannerisms and how they can help show important information about our ancestor. Today, we look at the internal reactions of our ancestors.  Internal reactions

Day 18 – Describing an Ancestor’s Physical Actions and Reactions

Day 18 – Describing an Ancestor’s Physical Actions and Reactions

Feb. 18, 2017 by

    We’ve talked about the importance of showing and not telling. Describing the gestures and mannerisms of our ancestor is an excellent way to show the reader information about your ancestor in a subtle and unique way. Take a

Day 16 – Showing an Ancestor Warts and All

Day 16 – Showing an Ancestor Warts and All

Feb. 16, 2017 by

Showing An Ancestor Warts and All Many of us put our ancestors on a pedestal. We forget they were human beings and like all human beings they had flaws.  It’s important in writing our family history stories to do our

Day 15 – Six Tips for Describing Your Ancestor

Day 15 – Six Tips for Describing Your Ancestor

Feb. 15, 2017 by

  Too many of us look in our documents for a few details to help us write a description about our ancestors. Generally, it ends up looking something like this:                                         John has brown hair and blue eyes and stood

Family History Villains

Feb. 9, 2016 by

Family History Villains   Family history villains, who are they? How do we recognize them in our research? An essential component of writing our family history stories is considering the allies and antagonists our protagonist ancestor encountered on their journey.

Introducing Your Ancestor for the First Time

Feb. 4, 2016 by

Introducing Your Ancestor for the First Time We mentioned that one of the crucial elements in your beginning scenes was to introduce your ancestor to the reader. In a story, like in life, first impressions are important. Not identifying the

What Were They Thinking?

Feb. 20, 2015 by

You’re well aware by now of the importance social history plays in writing your family history stories. However, I’m not sure the family history writer is sensitive to the depths social history can participate in establishing a characters thoughts and

Painting a Picture with Characterization

Feb. 10, 2015 by

I believe it is possible for a family historian to bring their ancestors to life on the page, give them a face, emotions and motivations all while drawing from research, facts, and social history. Characterization is the tool we use

Who is the Enemy?

Feb. 7, 2015 by

  Now that you understand the conflict and obstacles that your ancestor faced it shouldn’t be too hard to identify the enemy, the source of the obstacles, the antagonist. While your antagonist may be human,  another person, even another ancestor,

Identifying Your Protagonist Ancestor

Feb. 2, 2015 by

Yesterday, we started by deciding what kind of family history to write. Your second major decision in assembling your story is choosing a protagonist ancestor for your story. The protagonist is the central character in a story.  I’m going to