January 28, 2013

Taking the Family History Writing Challenge

Family History Writing Challenge
February can be rather gray month here in Ohio, so I’m excited that Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogist is offering her Family History Writing Challenge again this year. I participated last year, and while I faltered a bit toward the end, I appreciated the focus it brought to my writing efforts. It’s easier to make writing a family history story more of a priority when you have daily support, encouragement, and tips, which Lynn and her guest authors provide in abundance.

I’ve decided to take Lynn’s challenge again this year. That means I’ve got a few days to finish selecting a primary subject to write about, out of so many swirling around in my head. (I can almost picture my ancestors jumping around, their arms waving, calling, “Pick me! Pick me!”) So I might settle on doing a few short vignettes as well, some of which should appear on this blog. For the month of February, I’m going to focus on stories, rather than resources, tips, or technology, here at A Sense of Family. Stories take more time to write, but they linger with me longer and give me greater satisfaction, too.

I’m particularly looking forward to the line up of guest authors that Lynn has scheduled this year. Lisa Alzo (The Accidental Genealogist), Biff Barnes (Stories to Tell), Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Mariann Reagan (Into the Briar Patch), and Tami Koenig (Your Story Coach). Plus Q & A interviews with Denise Levenick (The Family Curator) and Ryan Literall. Who could help but be inspired by that group?

If you’re interested, there’s still plenty of time to join the Family History Writing Challenge. Just head over and sign up for Lynn's emails. You don’t have to have a blog to participate. You can write privately, in any format that’s comfortable for you (I’ll be writing privately for the most part, as part of a larger project). If you do have a blog, though, be sure to pick up a badge like the one above.

Have you joined the challenge? Leave me a comment, and a link if you'd like, so I can follow along with you. Let’s keep each other company this February!

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