Genealogists have come up with their own version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which is in November):
The Family History Writing Challenge is a monthlong event in February. To play along, just commit to writing 250, 500 or 1,000 words per day (your pick) about your family historywhether it’s a person, a branch, a place, an era or some other focus.
When I put together a family history narrative a couple of years ago, I noticed some holes in my research, came up with ideas for next steps and saw how much progress I’d made. Even better, it was an easily digestible way to share me research with my family.
Need motivation? Here’s how to get around five common reasons for not writing family history. And here are six quick ideas for writing family history.
If you want in-depth guidance for writing a family history, look into the FTU course and workshop Write Your Family History. By the end of the session, you’ll have an outline for your family’s story and a start on your narrative.