I applaud you for your consistent dedication to writing throughout these last 28 days. It is easy to be distracted by life and let writing fall by the wayside. Now that today marks the last day of the challenge, I wanted to leave you with a few thoughts on how you can continue to stay on track with your writing and ensure that the remainder of 2014 resembles a writer’s life that will provide you with the environment and mentality required to finish your family history story.
Take a lesson from this challenge and enlist the help of others. All writers need support, from various sources, most certainly your family, secondly a writing friend or a group. Find your support system either in your local community or online, these support systems are immeasurable in providing motivation and feedback. The
All writers need support, from various sources, most certainly your family, secondly a writing friend or a group. Find your support system either in your local community or online, these support systems are immeasurable in providing motivation and feedback. The forum will continue to remain open and accessible throughout the year for those looking to engage in this community as a means of support and for those looking to continue to use the resources available in our member’s area.
Continue to improve your craft.
By taking classes, reading and practicing your skills. Writing is an ever evolving process, regardless of your level of experience. I am committing to offering you further workbooks, webinars, and online classes to help you improve your family history writing skills. I hope these tools will continue to keep you focused and moving forward in your writing. Many of these tools are in the works as I post this, and I will deliver information about them to your inbox in the coming weeks and months. Feel free to complete the survey, so I can continue help you with any specific lessons and exercises you require to bring family history writing goals to fruition.
Find your ideal time.
I hope over the course of this last month, you found your ideal writing time. Try to continue on with this pattern. If you can manage to continue to write every day or 4-5 times a week, you’ll find this solid commitment will go a long way to achieving your goals and improving your skills. If you return to old habits of writing when you find some time, you’ll soon discover it won’t happen. Most of us have some sort of constraints on our time, but without a plan nothing will change. Writers make writing a priority.
Plan your writing
One source of writer’s block is simply not knowing what you’re going to write about next in your story. Try to have a plan and deal with story problems before you sit down to write. Then when writing time rolls around, your issue is solved and you won’t waste your time starting at a blinking cursor.
Even better than someone to cheer you on is someone who will hold you accountable and critique you and keep you on track. Find someone who will offer you unbiased feedback that will allow you to continue to grow and develop as a writer. If finding that someone is a challenge for you, I will also be offering a coaching program in the coming weeks where you can seek my advice and feedback on your story. We can arrange check in dates and critiques throughout the year, a great way to have your own family history writing coach in your back pocket.
Believe you are a writer
Until you truly believe it, proclaim it and embrace it, you will not make writing a priority. This is easier said than done. Too often, everything else seems more important. Is it really a lack of time or skills that hold you back — or is it fear? Writing is about being vulnerable and leaving a piece of yourself on the page. Until you cross this threshold of fear, and face the risks you won’t open yourself up to the rewards. Believe you are a writer, and the rest will fall into place.
I wish you all the best in your writing endeavours and look forward to reading your stories in print! Let’s stay in touch, in the forum, on Facebook, on Google Plus and of course I’m always available by email. If you aren’t already signed up for our monthly writing newsletter Storylines at The Armchair Genealogist, I encourage you to so. Storylines has been on hiatus because of the challenge but will resume the beginning of April. However, like I said, you’ll hear from me shortly with more resources to aid you further.
This is not the end of our writing journey together, we are just getting started.
If you found value in these last 28 days of writing and instruction and would like to make a small donation for the time and energy that went into The Family History Writing Challenge, you may do so through Paypal.