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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 Unpublished authors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 Unpublished material – published authors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