Day 28 – Thoughts on Life as a Family History Writer

Day 28 – Thoughts on Life as a Family History Writer

Feb. 28, 2017 by

  I believe that how we approach our family history writing has a critical link to the quantity and quality of writing that we produce.  I believe that family history writing can and should be a permanent part of our

Day 27 – The Most Important Thing About a First Draft

Day 27 – The Most Important Thing About a First Draft

Feb. 27, 2017 by

The most important piece of advice I can give you about writing your first draft is to finish it. I don’t tell you this because I want you to see the end and hit your deadlines. Yes, I want that

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 25 – How to Read Like a Writer

Day 25 – How to Read Like a Writer

Feb. 25, 2017 by

  There are few things that I always share with Challenge members each year because they are critical to your development as a writer and bear repeating. One is to find a writing group so that you can continue your

Day 24 – When You Don’t Want to Do the Work

Day 24 – When You Don’t Want to Do the Work

Feb. 24, 2017 by

Some mornings I get up, and I just don’t want to do the work. It is a grind. But I also know that I will end up feeling better about myself if I make an effort. That effort sometimes starts

Day 23 – Writing About a Place You’ve Never Visited

Day 23 – Writing About a Place You’ve Never Visited

Feb. 23, 2017 by

  It’s not always possible for to get on a plane and fly to your ancestor’s village to collect the intimate details of your ancestor’s surroundings. It’s not always possible to travel the trail they took when they migrated west

Day 22 – Mapping Your Story Setting

Day 22 – Mapping Your Story Setting

Feb. 22, 2017 by

  We use maps in our research all the time to find ancestral hometowns. We also use maps to outline a story. But maps are also very beneficial in building the setting of your story. They can serve as an

Day 21 – How to Use Setting to Enhance a Story

Day 21 – How to Use Setting to Enhance a Story

Feb. 21, 2017 by

  Writers often undervalue setting. They see it merely as a description. But setting can be so much more. Descriptions of our setting can offer the opportunity to symbolize or foreshadow something in the story. Setting may be able to

Day 20 – Overcoming Grammar Hurdles

Day 20 – Overcoming Grammar Hurdles

Feb. 20, 2017 by

The following is a guest post by Devon Noel Lee.  Since I was a little girl, I’ve struggled in one skill set. Written Communication. Handwriting marks on my report card rarely rose above “Needs Improvement.” I argued with my mother

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