At some time as you tread the seductive, wonderful pathway of completing more and more research, you might just want to lift your head from this pile of collected data and think about how, where and in what way your will write and publish the family history.
Noeline outlines strategies to get you to the desk and writing. The book will show you how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, to understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, to construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing, planning and publishing to produce and professional, valuable and very readable family history.
Barriers to getting started
Collect until you drop syndrome
Family history is not 'everything' that happened in the past
Questions to find dates - Where, who, how?
- Where do you begin?
- Who are you writing for?
- How will you write?
Planning - where do you want to go with this story and how to plan it?
A hook to hang your story on
How do you choose your hook?
A favourite character
- Paper publishing
- Electronic publishing
- Get some to read and edit your writing
- Checking facts
- Repetition and consistency
Good historical manners
- Legal deposit
- International Book Standard Number (ISBN)
- Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP)
Getting your book oout to readers - marketing and promotion
- Book launch
- Write about your research/writing journey
- Exercising the imagination
Useful websites for writing, editing and publishing tips