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 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

Creating a Sense of Place

Feb. 10, 2016 by

Creating a Sense of Place     When it comes to the setting of your story, consider yourself your reader’s tour guide. Your job is to introduce and guide your reader through the world of their ancestor.   Demonstrating to your

Window to the Physical World

Feb. 21, 2015 by

Writing the physical world of our ancestors may seem impossible at times. We face two concerns, how do we know what it looked like and how do we bring that world to life on the page. Replicating that world will

Enriching Your Story with History

Feb. 17, 2015 by

In Getting Ready to Write and Authentic Ancestors, I mentioned historical timelines and their importance in organizing your research and writing your ancestor’s stories.  Not only is it important to map your ancestor’s life on a timeline, but also to map

The Story is in the Details

Feb. 5, 2014 by

While you may understand that your family history story requires setting, many writers do not use setting to its fullest potential.  Setting is the vehicle for building your ancestor’s world, but it can also relay to the reader so much