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 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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Split infinitives - yes, no or don't really care
If you don't know what split infinitives are, here’s one of the most famous examples. It was spoken at the beginning of many of the television episodes and films of Star
Get organised with some great online tools for writers
If you struggle to remember all of the great ideas you have or if you need a better way of channelling and developing you ideas, there are some online resources out
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
Local history writing tips
Following on from another post How to get started with local history research, here are some local history writing tips to help you get started writing.

When to start writing local history
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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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Autobiographies and memoirs - what's the difference?
The titles memoir and autobiography are sometimes used interchangeably but they are not actually the same. Autobiographies and memoirs are both written in the first
Start writing your family history while you are researching
Most family historians are compulsive researchers which is what makes them the authority on their family’s past but when do you stop researching and start writing.
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
Are hyphens really necessary?
There is some controversy over the use of hyphens (even are hyphens really necessary) and no doubt the debate will go on. But what are hyphens and why do some of us think they are an important
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
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
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
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

  • 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.