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.

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You don’t have to write a book to be a writer
It is said that everyone has a book inside them but what if you simply don’t have that elusive book just screaming to
Take a closer look at photos to create memorable stories
If you have a collection of photos but don't know what to do with them, why not use them as the inspiration for a collection of stories. If you take a closer look
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
Planning an oral history interview - how to get started
If you are new to oral history the first thing to do before you start planning an oral history interview is to be clear about the topic or theme you plan to focus
Writing for the nostalgia market - in print and online
If you have some nostalgic memories you would like to share, then read on to find what opportunities there are in writing for the nostalgia market.

Nostalgia isn't
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
Should you stick to the facts in a memoir?
A memoir is a literary work but unlike fiction it has to be based on truth. This can sometimes be a problem because when we recall memories we don’t necessarily remember things
Stuck for ideas - get inspiration from some unusual National days
August is traditionally known as the ‘silly’ season because of the more light-hearted and off-beat news stories which often appear in the press during
Processing your oral history interview
Once you have successfully completed your interview you are ready for the next and final stage—processing your oral history interview.
Transferring your files
The first step is
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
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)
What are idioms and should you use them?
What are idioms and should you use them in your writing? The Cambridge Dictionary definition of idioms is ‘a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that
The Oxford comma and why you should consider using it
The Collins dictionary definition of the Oxford comma is “a comma between the final items in a list, often preceding the word and or or, such as the final comma in
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
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
Whatever
The oral tradition of storytelling and its role in history
Within families and communities there will be stories that have been passed down through the generations, some of which may have been written, but many of which
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
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
Create an oral history to capture the stories people have to tell
Before written communication evolved the only way history could be passed down was through the spoken word. But even when written communication became
Writing a family history? Start with the stories about your own life
As a family historian you will probably have spent years tracing your family back through many generations to discover more about the lives and times

  • 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.