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
Writer's block - 9 tips on how to get beyond the blank page
Staring at a blank sheet of paper or at an empty computer screen is daunting and for new and inexperienced writers this can be one of the biggest hurdles to
Company, family business and club histories
Do you run a company that has a significant anniversary coming up? Do you own a family business that has a story to tell? Have you been asked to write the history of your organisation,
Write your family history story by story
Feeling overwhelmed about how to start writing your complete family history? Well, why not make it easier and write your family history story by story.
Many family historians,
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?
A cinquain
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.
Write a family history that people will want to read
Why is it that some family historians get so immersed in their family history research they think that everybody else will be equally fascinated by dry and dull lists
Active voice or passive voice - which should you use?
If you don’t understand the difference between active voice or passive voice read on for a quick explanation. If you do understand the difference but have been warned
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
Writing a local history
Writing a local history gives you the opportunity to create a picture of what a village, town or region was like in the past by telling the stories of the people who lived and worked there but

  • 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 around our site for everything you need to get started.

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 history, travel stories, foodoirs, photo-journaling, nostalgic memories etc..

If you have already started writing, then check out our Writing and editing services. We 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.

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