At Beginners Guide to Writing we specialise in helping new and inexperienced writers get started writing in a range of nonfiction genres. We provide one-to-one and group support, an online writing community where you can exchange ideas through our writing forums, a variety of writing, editing and proofreading services and a selection of books, courses and regular blog posts.

Pen and paper or a computer - which do you prefer?
Some people have a strong opinion about whether it is better to write using a pen and paper or a computer but I guess for most of us it is more a question of what is
Finding the time to write - 6 tips on how to fit it into your busy schedule
For many of us, finding the time to write can be problem. There are so many things that seem to get in the way what with work, family, household
Split infinitives - yes, no or don't really care
If you don't know what split infinitives are, here’s one of the most famous examples. It was spoken at the beginning of many of the television episodes and films of Star
Malapropism - what is it and how did it get its name?
In my blog post Frequently misused words - damp squid and other blunders I included some words which are often misused, so now let me introduce you to the world of
Should you stick to the facts in a memoir?
A memoir is a literary work but unlike fiction it has to be based on truth. This can sometimes be a problem because when we recall memories we don’t necessarily remember things
Could a ghostwriter help you write your story?
If your ambition is to write your memoir or life story or to write your family history but you just don’t have the time or confidence to write it yourself, then using a ghostwriter
How to write a blog post - getting the basics right
If you have seen my blog posts Choosing a blog platform and Setting up a free WordPress blog in five easy steps you will have discovered that setting up a blog using
Writing a memoir - finding your topic and theme
If you are keen to start writing about your life but are daunted or overwhelmed by the idea of writing your complete life story, then why not start by writing a memoir.

What
Capture your life in six words with a six-word memoir
Could you capture your life in six words with a six-word memoir? Legend has it that in the 1920s Ernest Hemingway made a $10 bet with some friends that he could write
Distraction-free writing tools to let you get on with your writing
If you want the freedom to write without being overwhelmed by the number of features available in popular word processors such as Microsoft Word and Pages
Autobiographies and memoirs - what's the difference?
The titles memoir and autobiography are sometimes used interchangeably but they are not actually the same. Autobiographies and memoirs are both written in the first
What are idioms and should you use them?
What are idioms and should you use them in your writing? The Cambridge Dictionary definition of idioms is ‘a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that
Starting to write - just do it
Don’t let a fear of getting something wrong put you off writing. Your grammar may not be perfect, you may make some spelling mistakes or you may put a comma in the wrong place but none of
Family history research - discover your heritage
Although the study of genealogy (family history research) has been around for a long time, it’s popularity has increased significantly over the past few decades. This is
Writing about the history of food
I have previously posted a couple of blogs on food writing – the first was about writing a Foodoir (a food-related memoir) and the other included some tips on creating your own family
Start writing your family history while you are researching
Most family historians are compulsive researchers which is what makes them the authority on their family’s past but when do you stop researching and start writing.
Alternative ways to present your family history - forget the chronological approach
If you are struggling to get started writing your complete family history using the traditional chronological approach then maybe it’s
Artefacts up close
As a family historian you will undoubtedly have built up a collection of resources from birth, death and marriage certificates, photos, letters, diaries, newspaper clippings to detailed notes and records
Family recipe book - how to create your own


You may have seen my a blog about writing a foodoir (a genre which combines memoir writing with recipes or food-related experiences). So, to continue with the food theme,
Life story gumption trap
If you have you been thinking about writing your life story but have been put off because the whole process seems just too daunting then read on. Like many other people you probably think that

  • Have you always wanted to write about your life and experiences but lack the confidence to get started?
  • Have you been researching your family or local history and want to start telling the stories you have uncovered?
  • How about a memoir which focuses on food?
  • Are you a keen traveller with stories to tell?
  • Do you run a family or local business with an interesting history which would make a great story?
  • Are you an enthusiastic scrapbooker who would like to go one step further and start telling the stories behind your pictures and photos?

If you have answered yes to any of the these questions and you are a new or inexperienced writer, take a look at Beginners Guide to Writing for everything you need to get started writing.

Beginners Guide to Writing

At Beginners Guide to Writing we have a great selection of information products and courses plus regular blog posts to help you start writing in a variety of nonfiction genres from life stories, family histories, memoirs and autobiographies to local and social history, travel stories, foodoirs, scrapbook- and photo-journaling, nostalgic memories and company/corporate histories.

If you have already started writing, then check out our Writing and editing services . At Beginners Guide to Writing offer one-to-one help and support via phone, email, Skype (or in person if you live nearby). It doesn’t matter where you are in the world we can work together. We also provide editing and proofreading services and we run workshops for writers of nonfiction.

If you fancy seeing your stories in print we can advise you on the different ways you can go about this. For example, if you just want to print a few copies for family and friends you could use a print-on demand-service or you could turn your stories into an eBook which you could upload to a website or to Kindle or Amazon’s e-reader. Just let us know what you want and we will do our best to advise and help you.

Would you look to join a friendly and supportive network of writers without leaving the comfort of your own home? Then why not join in on one of our Beginners Guide to Writing  forums. You can ask for help or you can share your own experiences with like-minded people.

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