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.

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
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
Setting up a free WordPress blog in five easy steps
In my blog post Choosing a blog platform, I explained the differences between hosted and self-hosted blogs and why a hosted, free option is probably the best choice for
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
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
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 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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Writing your life story - get started with these memory jogging tips
Have you been thinking about writing your life story but haven’t got a clue how to get started? Well, one of the first things to do is to start recalling
The use of apostrophes - banana's 70p a kilo
Can you spot what is wrong with banana's 70p a kilo in the title to this blog post? No? Then probably like many other people you are confused about where and when to use apostrophes
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
Writing mentor - could you benefit from one?
Writing can be a lonely and dispiriting business. Scribbling or typing away, disconnected from the outside world with no-one to talk to, is not the best remedy for helping us overcome
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
Annoying words and phrases that are best avoided
I have written about clichés in a previous blog but there are some words and phrases that are just as annoying as clichés. Clichés at least have the distinction of once
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,
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
Cinquains - what are they and how do you write one?
My blog on six-word memoirs is all about brevity and and so continuing with this theme let me introduce you to the world of cinquains.

What is a cinquain?
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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
Be more productive as a writer - start by getting organised
If you want to be more productive as a writer it helps to be organised. Because we all approach writing in different ways, how you go about getting organised
Writing a foodoir - what is it and could you write one?
Are you a keen baker or chef or do you just enjoy food? Do you have some stories to tell about your culinary experiences? Are you a budding writer? Then why not

  • 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.