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
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
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
Blogging your way to a book



Whether you want to write a full-length life story, a family or local history or shorter works such as a memoir, travel stories, nostalgic memories, etc., adopting a piece-by-piece approach
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
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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7 quick tips on how to be your own editor
James Thurber is quoted as saying “Don’t get it right, just get it written.” But then what? Nobody, not even experienced writers get it right first time and so the next step after
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
Food travel writing - if you love food and travel why not write about it
One of the best ways of understanding and learning about a country, a culture, it’s history and its people is through the food they eat and so what
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,

  • 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.

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 forums. You can ask for help or you can share your own experiences with like-minded people.

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