Family History Month Writing Challenge Wrap-Up

How did you do this month on writing your family history? I (Jennifer Holik) personally did not hit my daily goal of 500 words for my family history. I did get some client family history written and other things written though. What did I learn through this process of trying to write daily?

  1. I’m busy. This means I must schedule at least 30-60 minutes a day to focus on writing.
  2. The more I write the more I realize I am missing information OR it was input into my family tree years ago before I knew to cite my sources. But this is a good thing! That realization pushes me to get back to the records to locate the source to input into the fact in the family tree. Citing my sources produces a better family history.
  3. There are some days I am just not inspired to write. Some will say to push through it and others say just walk away. Personally, I’ve found that when I am inspired, the words flow and it isn’t a struggle, therefore it is enjoyable. On days when the words don’t come, it is ok for me to walk away from it until another time.

What did you learn through this process? Did you hit your goals? Do you have any tips to share with those of us writing our histories? Please share in the comments.

© 2013 Lorel Kapke, Sort Your Story



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