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
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
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
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
Creative nonfiction - a brief introduction
From autobiography, memoir, personal essays, family history and local history to travel writing, business writing, self-help, food writing, health and fitness, these all come
English grammar - a selection of books for grammarphobes
Because an understanding of the basics of English grammar is essential if you want to be taken seriously as a writer, here is a selection of books on English grammar
Writing mentor - could you benefit from one?
Writing can be a lonely and dispiriting business. Scribbling or typing away, disconnected from the outside world with no-one to talk to, is not the best remedy for helping us overcome
Setting up a free WordPress blog in five easy steps
In my blog post Choosing a blog platform, I explained the differences between hosted and self-hosted blogs and why a hosted, free option is probably the best choice for
Words that sound or look alike
In my blog Frequently misused words - damp squid and other blunders I talked about words that are frequently used incorrectly and so I thought I would continue on a similar theme but this
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.

  • 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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