|Jumping in without an outline to |
write another story or teach another class
Why do I need an outline to write something? I have a flood of ideas. Shouldn't I write and record them before they disappear? Brainstorming and jotting down notes should be a fast, capture everything before it's lost process. However, communicating with a group through writing or teaching must be organized for it to be understood and retained.
So what does this have to do with our narrative project, Devon Lee?
Glad you asked! In order to be successful in crafting an enjoyable narrative without too much pain and anguish, you need to be organized so that you can easily access the information you want when the need arises.
If you are crafting an essay about one individual, perhaps you will not need a genealogy program. For your goal, a few file folders (online or hard copy) will serve your purpose well. Categorize your information in a way that will serve your purpose well and we'll see you next month when I talk about Starting with a Birth Event.
|Roots Magic keeps my relatives organized.|
|RootsMagic keeps track of my ancestor's vital information|
|RootsMagic allows me to add dates between the vital facts.|
|Tracking where I find information and attaching it to specific events.|
RootsMagic also allows me to organize my sources to help me remember where I found the facts for each individual.
|A quick look at the photographs and scanned supporting documents.|
|General note for Sherman Brown|
|Note for specific events in Sherman Brown's life|
The program allows me to attach general notes about the person I am working on and notes specific to events for each person.
|What should I research today?|
As I research an ancestor, I could keep a research log (which I admit I don't utilize as much at present) and create To Do items connected to specific individuals.
After I input all of these pieces of information while discovering my family history, RootsMagic has many ways to create organized ways to retrieve my information.
RootsMagic is the outline for my family history projects, no matter their size. With my research prepared in this fashion, I can move on to the business of writing my family stories. Next month, I will share the process of writing the story of when an ancestor was born.
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