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.

Create a timeline to tell your family history stories
If you are keen to start writing the stories behind your family history research but are still at the lists of names, dates and places stage, then a good way to get
Start writing your memoir
If you have already come up with some possible topics and/or themes for your memoir (if not, check out Writing your memoir - finding your topic and theme), here are a few tips on how to start
What is social history and can anyone be a social historian?
There is a growing interest in the stories about the lives and times of ordinary people but whereas professional historians concentrate on the broader historical
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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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
You don't have to be famous to write a memoir
You don't have to be famous to write a memoir but it does help if you want to write an autobiography. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t write your autobiography, but if
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
Mind mapping - a useful tool for writers
Mind mapping is a graphical way of representing ideas and concepts. It was invented and popularised by Tony Buzan who believes that a mind map mirrors the way we actually think
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,
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
Opening sentence - use it to grab the attention of your readers
Arguably the most important words in a book are all contained in the opening sentence. But do you know why?
Although the title of your book or narrative
Productivity tools for writers - stay focused and block out distractions
Are you easily distracted by emails, social media, the temptation of doing a quick ‘surf’ for the latest cheap flights and holiday deals or whatever
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
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
Develop your own writing style
As a new or inexperienced writer you probably haven’t given much thought to your own writing style. You are probably just relieved to get something down on paper and the last thing on your
Free writing - give it try if you are finding it hard to start writing
Even if you think you have a clear idea of what you want to write about do you sometimes find it really hard to get going? Well there is a remedy
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
Editing and proofreading - do it yourself with these free online tools
In addition to the variety of resources freely available online to help you get to grips with English grammar (see my blog Online English grammar
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
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

  • 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.