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The Book on Writing

The Book on Writing by Paula LaRocque

How to tell a story—from building suspense, to effective description, to the uses of metaphor and literary devices. Paula LaRocque also deals with the narrative “engine” and the value of the archetype in plotting and characterization—as well as with pace and speed and leveling what she terms writing’s “speedbumps.”

A clear and concise handbook that deals with common problems in grammar, usage, punctuation, and style—the kind of problems that often trouble even wordsmiths. The handbook also debunks pesky language “rules” that are actually myths. The Book on Writing is one-stop shopping for writers. Read it once, and you’ll be a better writer. Read it often, and you’ll be among the best.

Paperback – $9.99
Kindle – $5.99

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ISFHWE Excellence in Writing Competition

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors recently announced details on their 2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition. It is open to both ISFHWE members and non-members and cash prizes are awarded to the winners. Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016.  There are five writing categories:

  1. Columns
  2. Articles
  3. Genealogy newsletter
  4. Unpublished authors
  5. Unpublished material – published authors

Visit ISFHWE for details, rules and entry forms.

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Family History Writing Platforms

ulyssesdesktop101Are you like me and writing your family history one story at a time as your research discovers it? I’ve watched my collection of “little stories” grow significantly over the years. Now, it’s a matter of getting all of those stories collected and organized so they can be used to create family history projects to share with my family. This is where writing platforms like Scrivener [Win & Mac – $45] and Ulysses [Mac – $45 & iOS – $20] make my life a lot easier.

Source: Family History Writing Platforms | Moultrie Creek Gazette

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Tips and Tools for a Rocking First Draft

Rocking out a good first draft doesn’t just happen it isn’t a matter of chance but rather a result of careful planning prior to writing. We constantly hear about writers who take one month to produce a draft for a book or story, who sit down and crank out a first draft in a month all the time. Of course, it is messy and will result in many rewrites and revisions. Writing a first draft in a month is certainly doable, but maybe we want a good first draft, not a mess. The only way to accomplish this is with a plan that addresses every aspect of writing a first draft, from mapping out your story to creating a scene guide, to gathering the details of your ancestor’s life, to surrounding yourself with an environment conducive to writing. Without a strategy most likely your attempt at writing your family history story will end badly.

Read it all at: The Family History Writing Studio