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You Can Write Your Family History Paperback – August, 2003
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Excellent tips on bringing characters to life, collecting social history, and organizing one's data is included. In chapter ten, there is an excellent example of showing vs. telling as we looked at Gay Talese's storytelling of his family, in particular in his description of his grandmother. You could see the lace collar and smell her perfume by his use of language. I also appreciated that the information applies to writers of family history no matter if one is writing a history, a memoir/bio or fictionalizing their family history. The methods are direct and painless and our group is producing some wonderful stories that will be handed down through generations.
This book is very easy to read. It has a step-by-step process to gathering data and unlocking your inner writer through a narrative non-fiction. She makes writing sound so easy and provides good, and not so good, examples of writing family history to get information across.
I didn't realize how time consuming this type of writing was going to be so a realistic time line is suggested so that everything is researched and not fictionalized.
I truly recommend this as your first guide to collecting data. She recommends others throughout the book.
I do wish, however, that the author would release a revised edition. The book was originally published in 2003 and my copy reprinted in 2008. I feel as though the internet has come a long way since this book was written and that some of the resources could be updated. But nonetheless, it's a fantastic book!
But I've never read one of Sharon Debartolo Carmack's books that wasn't! You can depend on her.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative and helpful. It takes you through the whole process including publishing is you so wish. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ellen J. Donisi
Very helpful and well-organized book on writing one's family history.Published 8 months ago by Ann Kersten
Easy reading, alto of information and instruction before you start.Published 11 months ago by JULIE
Very happy with this thoughtful guide and resource toward writing my family biography.Published 12 months ago by Brenda D.
An excellent book! I refer to it over and over and have read it at least twice.Published 15 months ago by Karen C Tanner
Excellent and well written book. It had a lot of meat in it, including details of how to make your writing enticing, developing plot, adding color and interest and how to put it... Read morePublished 15 months ago by N. R.
It was ok, but not exactly what I was looking for. It does have some wonderful information for someone who is thinking about writing family history. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ann Burns
Great book. "You Can Write Your Family History" advises the reader on the details of writing a family history. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Doris Shamieh