You may have noticed in my February Photo Collage post earlier today I did not attempt to write my 500 words for the Family History Writing Challenge.
I found this approach was just not working for me as all my Fullerton information is still saved on my computer hard drive in a rather disorganised manner. I was spending too much time looking for my data and source information, and it was time that I simply didn't have to spend.
Therefore, from today I will continue both challenges but, I will attempt them separately. I will use the February Photo Collage posts on this blog to look at some of the different photographs I have and will post basic biographical data about the people in the photograph.
For the Family History Writing Challenge, I will still try to keep to my 500 words a day pledge (I'm thinking maybe 250 words a day would have been a bit more conservative of me! Oh dear!). However, I have decided that this will be mostly offline and I will now take the one-source-at-a-time approach as recommended by Carol Baxter in her book Family Tree Tips: Writing Interesting Family Histories.
- I take one source document.
- I extract thedata from that source document into my word processor in simple form (without worrying too much about how boring and factual it sounds in its first draft)
- I create a source citation and an entry in my bibliography for that source document.
- In a separate 'To do' word document (or maybe in Evernote?), I write out all the questions I have about the source document and/or the background history.
- I will make a note that I have extracted the information from that source document and move it to an appropriate folder on my computer hard drive.
- I will then move on to the next source document.
I have been going over some of my University assignments, as well as plans and timelines I created a couple of years ago. There is a lot to work with, I just need to get started. I am still looking at Personal Historian 2. In addition, after reading a recent blog post by Denise Barrett Olsen at the Moultrie Creek Gazette blog about Scrivener, I have downloaded a trial version of that software to have a play with. Both Personal Historian 2 and Scrivener are now added to my 'software to learn' list, which is consistently growing. Perhaps I should just stick to the software I already know like Word or notetaking software like Evernote or OneNote?
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