Day 26 – Scenes and Your Contract with the Reader

Day 26 – Scenes and Your Contract with the Reader

Feb. 26, 2017 by

  This post was written based on some of the questions and concerns some of you have put forward in our Facebook Group.    Family history narratives are comprised of scene and summary. We are familiar with summary; it includes

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 6 – Showing and the Five Senses

Day 6 – Showing and the Five Senses

Feb. 6, 2017 by

To make our stories come alive, we need to use our five senses when we write. You have heard this before. It shouldn’t be new.  Our description needs to include, smell, taste, sight, sound, and touch.  It needs to focus

Day 5 – Time Travel with Your Ancestor

Day 5 – Time Travel with Your Ancestor

Feb. 5, 2017 by

  I feel like before we get too far into description, we need to discuss showing and telling. It’s something that I like to address every year. With good reason. Showing is critical in bringing our stories to life on