Sunday, January 29, 2012

On Accepting the Armchair Genealogist's Family History Writing Challenge

On January 24th I took the plunge & accepted the challenge...The Armchair Genealogist's Family History Writing Challenge, that is.

Lynn Palermo, author of the blog, wrote a post that caught my attention: Let's Be Honest. In it she talks about FEAR as being a motivator which hinders writers from getting the story down on paper. And of all the internal questions that storm in our minds, I found one that has always resonated with me...
  • I don't have enough research...
and one akin to it:
  •  what if my subjects don't like my writing?
Perhaps the fear is not so much that they might not like the quality of the work . . . just the tenor of it. You've seen the timeline . . . and for this work, I actually will be working on the previous generation, from the death of Isaac Carter's parents in 1853 to the birth of Hezekiah in 1874.

I hope you'll stop by from time to time to see how I'm progressing. Although I won't be writing the story here, I will keep you posted on the process.


  1. Looking forward to hearing about your progress.

  2. Look forward to learning and hearing more about your process. We will support you, so keep pushing and write what your heart and mind tells you to write. Only you can tell the story, and tell it in your way.

  3. Thank you my dear friends & family! This evening I purchased more file folders and pulled out another file box, getting ready to organize resources by chapter topic. February 1st will be here before we know it!