Emotional Transformation

Feb. 22, 2016 by

Emotional Transformation   For the better part of this month we been talking about scenes, and mostly bringing the action of a scene to the page. But the action is only one layer of a story. There are in fact

The Big Scene

Feb. 20, 2016 by

The Big Scene What’s in your big scene? The climax is a scene that is going to be the high point of the action for your protagonist ancestor. Your protagonist ancestor only gets one climatic scene, so it needs to

Backstory: More than just his history

Feb. 17, 2016 by

Backstory: More Than Just His History   Backstory is just that; back story. The story of your ancestor’s past. The events that occurred before the present story you are telling. But it’s more than just your ancestor’s history. It’s more

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.

Life’s Turning Points

Feb. 6, 2016 by

Life’s  Turning Points  Our ancestor’s lives rarely followed a straight line. There were twists and turns along the way. In our family histories, turning points are the story events that mark where the story “turns” in a new direction. Where

Linking Story through Scene and Summary

Feb. 1, 2016 by

Linking Story through Scene and Summary There seems like no better place to start Day 1 of The Family History Writing Challenge then with discussing the two major foundational elements of story; scene, and summary. When scene and summary are

Starting at The End

Feb. 22, 2015 by

All stories must end in a different place from where they began. Family history stories are no different. They are not obligated to stop at the conclusion of a life, or with a happily ever after. They end when your

How to Write a Scene

Feb. 13, 2015 by

In our efforts to understand the difference between scene and summary we briefly discussed the elements of a scene. Today, we will take a little closer look at those elements and then we will finish up with a question template

What’s Your Message?

Feb. 9, 2015 by

 How you tell your story depends on what is important to you. How you write it, the message you wish it to leave with your reader is your unique decision as the author of your family history story.  How you

Mapping Your Family History Story

Feb. 8, 2015 by

You should now have a good understanding of the beginnings of your family history plot and how to mine your research for the conflicts and obstacles your ancestor faced.  I wanted to offer you a visual tool to map your