Day 23 – Writing About a Place You’ve Never Visited

Day 23 – Writing About a Place You’ve Never Visited

Feb. 23, 2017 by

  It’s not always possible for to get on a plane and fly to your ancestor’s village to collect the intimate details of your ancestor’s surroundings. It’s not always possible to travel the trail they took when they migrated west

Day 22 – Mapping Your Story Setting

Day 22 – Mapping Your Story Setting

Feb. 22, 2017 by

  We use maps in our research all the time to find ancestral hometowns. We also use maps to outline a story. But maps are also very beneficial in building the setting of your story. They can serve as an

Day 21 – How to Use Setting to Enhance a Story

Day 21 – How to Use Setting to Enhance a Story

Feb. 21, 2017 by

  Writers often undervalue setting. They see it merely as a description. But setting can be so much more. Descriptions of our setting can offer the opportunity to symbolize or foreshadow something in the story. Setting may be able to

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 17 – Finding Your Ancestor’s Voice

Day 17 – Finding Your Ancestor’s Voice

Feb. 17, 2017 by

  It takes time to bring your ancestor’s full personality to the page. This is why writing a draft is so important. It is an opportunity to learn who your ancestor really was and what about your ancestor you want

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

Day 14 – Where to Find Social History Resources

Day 14 – Where to Find Social History Resources

Feb. 14, 2017 by

Yesterday, we discussed how social history could help you flesh out your ancestor’s story. It can put the clothes on their backs and the roof over their head. Of course, there are many online resources available. I’ve started a social

Day 13 – How do I Find all this Description and Detail?

Day 13 – How do I Find all this Description and Detail?

Feb. 13, 2017 by

    So we spent the first week discussing the importance of detail and description in your stories.  We looked at some of the tools in adding that detail and description. Looking mostly at the five senses. And we have