Do you have a family history project on the back burner? A novel inside your head you have always wanted to write? A half-written nonfiction manuscript stashed somewhere on your computer’s hard drive? Why not start now?
Writing is not just for the winter months. In fact, I think summer is the perfect time to tap into your creativity and finally get that first draft in place! With your laptop, tablet, and writing software, you can write anywhere–at your favorite outdoor cafe, the park, the beach, or even your backyard!
If you are ready, here are three tips to help you to stop dreaming and start writing.
1. Keep it simple. There is no rule that says you have to write a 250-page book or write about everyone in your family tree. A series of profiles or smaller stories about significant events are more likely to entice the non-genealogists in your family to read what you’ve written. Pick your favorite ancestor, memory, or family story and create a mind map. A mind map involves randomly listing your ideas on a piece of paper or inputting them into a software program to create an initial picture of what you want to write about. [You can read about Mind Maps here]. The next step is to create an outline or storyboard to plot out your project. My favorite software for this task is Scrivener by Literature and Latte. It is available for purchase for Windows or Mac, and there is a 30-Day free trial available. [Note: I am a Scrivener affiliate, so if you click on the Scrivener for Windows or Mac links and make a purchase, I receive a small commission. This does not increase the price you pay as a consumer, it simply helps to supplement my income].
2. One page at a time. You may have heard that old adage: “When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time.” The same applies to writing. Tackle it one page at a time! Even if you just wrote 500 words per week, you would be making progress. Begin with a small time commitment such as 15 minutes per day (come on, we can all find 15 minutes!) and then work your way up to longer sessions. Schedule this time on your calendar, block out all other distractions, and set an alarm or timer. Write until the alarm or timer sounds. The goal is to write something—anything. Remember: You can’t edit a blank page!
3. Get a push from your peers. Are you having trouble committing to writing your family history or your memoir? Perhaps a summer writing course where you can receive feedback from a writing instructor and interact with fellow writers? Well, I have just the course ready and waiting (continue reading below).
Need some motivation? I can help. I bring over 30 years’ experience as a widely published nonfiction author and a passion to coach those who aspire to write a family history!
For you my loyal readers I have an exclusive special discount to inspire you to start that family history writing project!
[The course advertised below is part of my business as a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer]
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My popular family history writing course has a new format. It’s now self-paced and available anytime you wish to start.
Here are the highlights:
- The course is self-paced with no start and end dates. You choose when to begin, and work through each of the five assignments according to your own schedule. Working on one assignment per week is recommended, but it is up to you.
- There are five instructional videos, plus a bonus video on top writing tips.
- You gain membership to a private Facebook Group, which is only available to those who purchased the course. Whether or not you choose to participate is for you to decide, but the group serves as a “virtual meeting room” and the hub of activity. If you submit your assignments to the group, I will provide my feedback, and others in the group may also choose to comment.
- It is a collaborative environment where we learn from each other.The Facebook Group will remain open and you will have indefinite access to the group and all the materials posted there.
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[Disclosure: This blog post contains links to products I either produced or am an affiliate for, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase I will receive a commission.]