|Carol busily signing bookss|
Around 40 people listened intently as the energetic Carol offered writing tips at Ku-ring-gai Historical Society's Family History Group event yesterday. At $5 per head, including morning tea this event that was open to the public was great value. Those who were cashed up could also purchase a copy of Carol's book, "Writing Interesting Family Histories" for $20. However, having read the book last night, I do not think it adds much to the copious notes I took in Carol's fast-paced talk.
The book would be a worthwhile purchase for anyone who cannot attend one of Carol's talks but her enthusiasm, personality, rich vocabulary and digressions from her printed notes made this a very enjoyable learning activity.
Among the things I must remember before I set fingers on the keyboard are to :
- Release my grip on old habits and release my creative writing spirit (if I can find one)
- Remember that facts are critically important
- Use evocative language
- Realise that dates are not absolute! They are relative to the calendar being used at time
- Select a structure and stick to it
- Communicate perspective through careful choice of words
- Remember Oomph in writing is carried by verbs
- Use active rather than passive voice - make the doer do it
- Ground my writing in historical context
- Grab my readers with my first sentence
- Think about what my ancestors saw, heard, felt, smelled, tasted, and emotionally experienced
- Recraft my writing over and over and over