Getting Ready to Write

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Sometimes getting ready to write can be overwhelming.  Knowing how to organize your research and ideas and deciding what to write about can be a real battle.  Here’s a collection of archive articles that have been hand-picked to help you get ready to write your family history stories. If you need further assistance check out our Companion Guide to The Family History Writing Challenge — Getting Ready to Write.


Making the Leap from Family Historian to Family History Writer

Do You Have a Plan?

What Type of Family History Should I Write?

Seven Tips to Meet the Challenge

Writing Life Stories in 5 Easy Steps

Identifying Your Protagonist Ancestor

Writing Your Family History One Ancestor at a Time

How to Determine the Size and Scope of Your Family History Book 

Fleshing Out the Story 

Finding Your Story Focus