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.

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
Get over your fear of writing - find the courage and just do it
If you want to write your life story, your memoirs, your family history (or whatever genre you specialise in) but have never had the courage to get started,
How to start writing the stories behind your photos
Do you have countless photos tucked away in albums or boxes or numerous collections you have downloaded from your camera or phone? How often do you look at them or show
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
7 quick tips on how to kickstart your writing
If you are struggling to get down to writing it may be because you don't have a clear idea about a topic or theme so here are 7 quick tips on how to kickstart your writing.
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Writing a travel journal - some tips on how to get started
Planning a get-away? Going on a family or activity holiday or having a weekend break? Or may be it’s a once-in-a-lifetime round-the-world trip, a cruise, a touring
Write for yourself or for your readers - or is this the last thing on your mind?
If you are a new or inexperienced writer thinking about whether you should write for yourself or for your readers might be the last thing
Online English grammar resources for aspiring writers
If you are an aspiring writer but your English grammar is a bit rusty, take a look at the following selection of online English grammar resources where you will find
How to start writing your family history step by step
Don't let your years of family history research go to waste. Stories are so much more engaging and interesting than lists of names and dates etc. so read on to discover
Recording an oral history interview - what equipment do you need?
You don’t necessarily need expensive equipment for recording an oral history interview (for example, you could use a basic digital voice recorder or the
Why you should avoid clichés like the plague
Clichés are words and phrases that have been used so often they have ceased to have much impact. When they were first written they may have been original and colourful but
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
Clichés - why you should avoid them like the plague
Clichés are words and phrases that have been used so often they have ceased to have much impact. When they were first written they may have been original and colourful
New year resolutions - why just make them at the beginning of the year
Why do we think that the beginning of the new year is the only time to make resolutions? You can resolve (decide) to do something at any time of the
Writing for family history magazines
If you have started to write your family history and have some good stories to tell or if you would like to share some research tips and experiences, there is a potential market out
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 get started as a writer with these 15 quick tips



If you are still at the I want to write but don't know how to start stage, then follow these quick tips on how to get started as a writer.
Find a space where
Blog your book - how to get started
In my post Blogging your way to a book I highlighted the advantages of writing a book piece by piece (or blog by blog) rather than attempting to sit down and write a full-length book.
Create a family photo book
If you don’t have the time or the skills to write a full-length family history or life story, one way of presenting and preserving your family history or the story of your own life is to create
Write a blog post that tells a story by following these simple tips
It doesn't matter whether you are blogging your way to an entire family history, or the complete story of your life story, or any other non-fiction genre,

  • 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.