You are a family historian; a collector of family lore, data bytes, census records, photographs, and old papers that mean nothing to nobody but you. At some point, the names become people, and then the people become folks you really want to meet, which is a problem when all that is left is their memory.
Thus starts your journey; an impulsion carries you into a room with a blank screen or an empty page, and you sit and stare. And stare. And stare. Because when it comes right down to it, as much as you know this person, there is twice as much left to uncover. The story goes untold a bit longer.
PROCRASTINATION IS THE ASSASSINATION OF MOTIVATION
Those words have been ringing in my ears, almost as loudly as the high pitched hum of my tinnitus and they are almost as annoying. But, as the universe is prone to provide, a reading came my way, a blog post by Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogist in which she offered community, companionship, advice, and encouragement to write that family story I have felt too overwhelmed to attempt. Now I am counting down the days until I confront the blank page and reconstruct the life of my perplexing, aggravating, inspiring great-great-grandfather, Ira Sayles, during the Family History Writing Challenge.
I commit to writing 500 words a day, each day during the month of February.
I can’t wait to start! Check out Lynn’s page, and seriously consider if it is not time to confront your blank page. Eighteen days and counting!! See you there!
2 thoughts on “I Accept! the Family History Writing Challenge”
Wow, I love this idea! I’ve been working on gathering some of my research into stories recently, so I’m happy to come across this idea with time to think about it and prepare if I decide to go for it. All the best to you in writing YOUR stories — your “perplexing, aggravating, inspiring great-great-grandfather” sounds like quite a character! 🙂
Hi, Brandy, glad you feel inspired to confront the blank page – be it in February or another moment of your choosing! Best of luck!
(And yes, Ira Sayles was quite the character!)