How to Start Writing: the Overall Plan


What to do? What to do?

Last month I wrote about the importance of writing for genealogists and family historians, particularly the importance of starting now rather than at some unspecified point in the future. I also wrote about some steps we can take to overcome whatever reasons we’ve given ourselves for postponing. In the intervening weeks, I’ve been asked more specifically about—and I’m synthesizing and paraphrasing here—how to organize one’s efforts to facilitate writing to completion.

I can’t reiterate strongly enough how subjective this topic is. If any of the following is helpful to you, terrific. If any of the following is not helpful to you, dismiss it. It’s that simple. Nothing about your writing projects will go wrong if you don’t adopt my methods. I share them only insofar as they may provide you with some tools to add to your toolbox, to be used when and if you need them.

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