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.

Write your book in bite-sized pieces if you are struggling to get started
Sitting down to write a full-length autobiography, memoir, family history, local history book or whatever subject you have chosen can be daunting
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
Choosing a blog platform
In my blog Blogging your way to a book I included some reasons why writing regular blog posts is a great way of building up a book piece by piece. If you have been convinced (or at least tempted)
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
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 family history - some tips on how to get started
Most of the family historians I meet have spent years gathering a vast amount of information about their family history but typically they have not considered
Malapropism - what is it and how did it get its name?
In my blog post Frequently misused words - damp squid and other blunders I included some words which are often misused, so now let me introduce you to the world of
Online writing community at Beginners guide to writing
Being part of a writing group is a great way of sharing and discussing your work and giving and getting support from other writers. However, if you don’t have a writing
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
Never use a long word where a short one will do
A mistake some new or less experienced writers make is to believe that if they want to appear clever they should avoid short words and use long, pretentious words or phrases
Capture your life in six words with a six-word memoir
Could you capture your life in six words with a six-word memoir? Legend has it that in the 1920s Ernest Hemingway made a $10 bet with some friends that he could write
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

  • 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.