When You Can’t Write – READ

I give this advice with trepidation.  I don’t want you to abandon your writing to read. That is certainly not my intention with this piece of advice.

I know I have mentioned it in passing before the importance of reading when you are learning to write. However, if you are among the members who are struggling to write at this point, or are not sure how to handle something in your story, then reading can be a great alternative or solution to your problem.

 I don’t mean to send you off reading just anything.  Read the kind of book you want to write. Read other family history works and learn from those authors. 

 However, now when you read, look at a story from not only its entertainment value but also for its mechanics. How does the author handle similar situations that you may be facing in your own writing?

 Read now from the perspective of a writer, because you are one.

 Since there are several genres and not everyone is writing in the same genre, here is a list of a few family history books that I can recommend to you.  If you know of others, please drop me a line in the forum or send me an email, I will be happy to share them with the group.

 Although I have read the majority of these books, I have not read them all so I cannot vouch for their quality on a whole but as representation of examples you can turn to in your own writing.

 Edited Diaries, Letters etc.

 World War II – London Blitz Diary (A Woman’s Revelations Enduring War and Marriage) 1939-1940 by Ruby Side Thompson, Victoria Aldridge-Washuk and Adele Thompson-Aldridge

 World War II- London Blitz Diary  Volume 2,  1941 by Ruby Side Thompson, Victoria Aldridge-Washuk and Adele Thompson-Aldridge

Family History Narrative

 Oh, Beautiful by John Paul Godges

 The Journey Takers by Leslie Albrecht Huber

 My Wild Irish Rose by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Personal Memoir

 Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Family History Memoir

 Annie’s Ghost: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg

 Shaking the Family Tree by Buzzy Jackson

 Missing Lucille: Memories of the Grandmother I Never Knew by Suzanne Berne

 One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life – A Story of Race and Family Secrets by Bliss Broyard 

 Fiction based on a Family History

 Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

 Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

 Olga – A Daughter’s Tale by Marie Campbell

You can find all of these books through The Armchair Genealogist Amazon Store