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.

How to get started with local history research
If you have a fascination for local history and aspire to becoming a local history writer, here are some hints on how to get started with local history research.

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How an everyday object can inspire you to write (or 101 uses for ....)
If you are a new or inexperienced writer and struggling to find something to write about, discover how an everyday object can inspire you to write.

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Family history and social history have close links
Anyone who has read my blogs or who has met me at workshops or Family History Fairs/Exhibitions will know that I am always keen to talk about the close link between family
Titles - tips on how to write an attention-grabbing title
Good titles are the best way of grabbing the attention of your audience. Have you ever been drawn to a book in a bookshop, an article in a magazine or a blog on
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
Write your book in bite-sized pieces if you are struggling to get started
Sitting down to write a full-length autobiography, memoir, family history, local history book or whatever subject you have chosen can be daunting
11 travel writing tips
Do you feel inspired to write about an interesting journey or holiday you have been on? Are you a new or inexperienced writer? If so, here are 11 travel writing tips to help you get started.
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Creative nonfiction - a brief introduction
From autobiography, memoir, personal essays, family history and local history to travel writing, business writing, self-help, food writing, health and fitness, these all come
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
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.
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Nostalgia in a family history narrative - is there a place for it?
Can you be too nostalgic when writing a family history? Professional historians don’t really do nostalgia and sentiment. It is not their job to interpret
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
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,
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,
Words that sound or look alike
In my blog Frequently misused words - damp squid and other blunders I talked about words that are frequently used incorrectly and so I thought I would continue on a similar theme but this
Write your life story on a postcard - why not give it a go
Life stories can be told in many different ways but typically they are written chronologically, starting with when and where you were born, where you went to
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
What's stopping you writing - do any of these reasons sound familiar?

If you are one of those people who is always claiming you want to write but never get around to it, then read on to find out just how rewarding and
Taking time out from writing - when is it a good idea?
Whether it’s by choice or whether circumstances force you to take a break, taking time out from writing can sometimes be the best thing to do.
If you have run out
Never use a long word where a short one will do
A mistake some new or less experienced writers make is to believe that if they want to appear clever they should avoid short words and use long, pretentious words or phrases

  • 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.