So the challenge is - how do I present a story; how do I write it; what information do I include? All that is well and good - but where does the story come from, and what will resonate with the reader? Let's explore this... Below are two examples of photos of the human heart:
If you want to read about the mysteries of the heart as it relates to human emotions and feelings, etc. you would choose the photo on the left.
So what kind of writer are you and what do you aspire your family history stories to be like? I will tell you that only the heart on the left inspires me. I do not like AT ALL family history stories that only provide dates and facts. To me that is like reading the dictionary.
Two examples that I would like to share are as follows:
I wrote a post several months ago about what I called The Memorable Seventeen. It is all text, no photos and full of facts (but not dates), yet it provides a heartfelt message that is what the article is all about :
Every one of these 17 matters. Every one of these 17 deserves to be remembered. Documenting their lives and their stories is why family history research is so important - in EVERY family. If we don't, who will?
So an article can be presented with primarily facts, but does not need to be burdened with birth, marriage, death dates and locations to be interesting.
The second article is one that has much more "flowery" writing and writes about the History of a Family Heirloom. It wraps the story of the heirloom around its possible creation and is definitely heartfelt, and presents little facts. And the writer closes the article with "... It matches absolutely nothing. It's worth nothing to most. And it means the world to me." Certainly a story worth reading and enjoying.
So what is your style? I know what I like to read and I know what I like to write. So think hard and long about your readers and what will motivate them to read your articles and stories - because in addition to honoring your ancestors - you do want people to read about them - don't you?
And furthermore ... what kind of heart do you like?