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Book Review – A Writer’s Book of Days

One of the goals of Sort Your Story is to help you tell YOUR family’s story. Not just collect the photos and documents, but actually go beyond that and write what happened. To help you do this, from time to time we will provide book reviews on various writing guides. We’d love to hear from you on suggested books so we may all learn to better tell the stories of our ancestors.

A Writer’s Book of Days

Written by Judy Reeves

This book is an excellent place to start for those just getting into writing. It is not a guide as in a textbook, but a guide to help inspire you. To help you move beyond the critic in your head. To help you establish a time and place to write. And it offers many writing prompts and pieces of advice to get you motivated and keep you writing.

The book is broken out into months of the year as chapters. Within each chapter there are many writing prompts, one for each day of the month. Each chapter focuses on some aspect of writing, has inspirational quotes in the sidebars, and longer writing exercises at the end of the chapters. What’s great about these prompts is you can use them over and over and write something different each time. There is also NO rule that you have to go day by day. You can skip around the book and pull out prompts that speak to you at that moment you are ready to write. How great is that?!

There are no wrong ways to write. Simply select a journal or notebook you will enjoy writing in often. Choose a good pen or pencil, something that feels good in your hand and will flow easily across the page. Find a quiet place to write and figure out the best time of day for you to write. Once you have a writing schedule established, change it up once in a while. Go to a coffee shop or park to write. Sit in the art museum or just people watch at a restaurant. You never know where inspiration will strike!

One quote I enjoy is Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. — E.L. Doctorow

That’s true don’t you think?

© 2013, Sort Your Story, Sonoma, California


Sort Your Story Software

It has been a while since we’ve talked about Sort Your Story software and what it does to help you write your family’s story. Here is a recap. Be sure to visit the website to see a short video about the software and learn about our Companion Guides for Mac and PC.

Genealogy enthusiasts know that organizing and de-cluttering the vast amounts of documents, photos, certificates and records required to create a picture of a family’s history can be intimidating and time-consuming.

That’s why genealogy expert Lorel Kapke created Sort Your Story, the only organizing tool you’ll need to store all of your important genealogy data in one place. So simple to use, Sort Your Story takes the puzzle pieces of your family history and helps you create a complete picture – and instantly identify what pieces are missing.

Amateur and professional genealogists have discovered that Sort Your Story is an effortless way to:

  • Organize and de-clutter your family’s important documents and photos
  • Store valuable and irreplaceable data in one place in case of emergency or loss
  • Easily run reports to spot trends, similarities, missing data and more in order to build a complete picture of your family’s history
  • Compile data for submission to ancestry sites or self publishers
  • Simply and cost-effectively manage the vast amounts of data required to create a family history

Get started today! For just $19.99, you can instantly download Sort Your Story and begin organizing, de-cluttering and storing your family’s important information right on your computer. Sort Your Story’s online videos and tutorials are available to guide you every step of the way.

© 2013, Sort Your Story, Sonoma, California