Now that February is over it would be so easy to go back to our regular lives, pre-writing. However, if you want to finish what you started then perhaps you may want to rethink what is next.
Just because the Family History Writing Challenge is over doesn’t mean you can’t maintain the momentum that you achieved over these last 29 days.
Finishing a story brings with it and an incredible sense of accomplishment. You will overcome a large learning curve upon finishing your first story. More importantly, you’ll be excited to move on to the next story.
Many start off with great intentions, but often get distracted, become overwhelmed, and find themselves frustrated. It’s difficult pushing through to the end. But by finishing, you join an elite group who have written a family history story. More importantly, you have discovered the formula that works for you to get to the finish line. And that means you can do it again.
Are you wondering how you are going to maintain the momentum and finish your story?
With ongoing inspiration and tips, you can continue to be inspired on a regular basis. Writing must stay top of mind. Be sure to become a member of The Family History Writing Studio and join our Storylines newsletter. February does not have to be the end of your education and motivation. Sign up for Storylines, it offers monthly motivation, education, and inspiration right to your inbox.
You can’t learn everything all at once. Over the course of the month I’ve thrown a lot of information your way. Some of it may have hit home. However, you may have come up against a couple of obstacles. Most likely you didn’t grasp everything. That’s ok. It takes time to learn it all. Keep learning throughout the year. Enroll in courses, utilize our workbooks and get feedback. Each offers an opportunity to continue to develop your skills.
If organization was your problem, our Getting Ready to Write Workbook can help you with that.
Did you find you didn’t know your ancestor well enough to write their story?
Don’t know how to plot a family history story that offers suspense and excitement – Finding the Story is perfect for you.
Don’t forget to read from a variety of books and works of creative nonfiction to help you master the skill.
Did you find writing daily a struggle? Is maintaining a regular commitment going to be a problem for you come tomorrow. Just as you made this challenge a priority, you must continue to make writing a priority. If you just dedicate 30 minutes each day, you’ll find how fast your writing skills will develop. Practicing your writing through a daily writing habit is one of the best ways to advance your skills and cross the finish line.Before long you’ll be lining up the stories to write.
Writing doesn’t have to be a big investment in your day, but it does start with a small habit so that it doesn’t get sidelined. Make it a priority.
Blog writing is an excellent way to incorporate regular writing to your schedule. Blog writing helps you to break down your story into small chunks. Share those short stories on your blog, build an audience, find distance cousins and use it to build your book. Sign up for the Family History Blog Writing Course, it begins March 15th.
Did you get your first draft done but you’re non sure how to improve it, elevate it to the next level? Consider getting feedback from other writers. Consider requesting a big picture critique. Here at The Studio, we offer an analysis of your first draft, we look at your plot format, scene and summary writing, your use of imagery, description, theme and emotional transformation. We offer constructive advice so that you”’ be on the right track with the 2nd draft. While it’s great to have a spouse, sibling or friend to offer you feedback. If you want to improve your writing, request the advice of someone who writes.
Staying on top of your writing and become accountable to someone or a group is a surefire way of maintaining a writing habit and crossing that finish line. Writing group are also another great options for getting feedback from fellow writers. Consider joining a writing group at your local library, historical society or genealogical society. No writing groups in your neighborhood, why not start one? We can help with workbooks and webinars to get you started. Inquire about our special group rates.
That is it for another year of The Family History Writing Challenge. If you need any future help drop by The Family History Writing Studio, we are here year round to assist you in your writing challenges.