Over the last ten years, more of my research clients are writing their military family member’s story. Some are self-publishing for private family projects. Others are publishing books to be sold on Amazon. A few are making scrapbooks to document the story in primarily photos and documents. And others are making digital photo books. A few have even created family cookbooks with some family history mixed in!
The first step to writing about your military family member is having research done. It is not enough to take the family stories and bits of heresay you picked up in the family and write the story. To write a credible story, it must be backed up by facts obtained through genealogical and military record sources, family documents, letters, oral histories, and photographs.
After gathering your research together, creating a timeline of service to understand what units your family member was in and where they were stationed, you can obtain unit records or contextual documents to explore their overall experience in their war.
Now consider writing all the family stories you’ve heard and questions you have about this family member. What memories do you have, if any, about this individual that you can share? Have you traveled in their footsteps after doing research? Have you written about that experience? Are you ready to be vulnerable with the story so it tugs at the heartstrings of your readers?
Combining the research with the personal, you have the foundation to write a book. I believe everyone has a story to tell. We all have something to contribute to the world and what better way than through stories?
If you are ready to write your book, please check out our writing services and ask us if you need help with something not listed. In the last several years Jennifer has helped clients put together books she wrote; books she co-wrote with clients; and has helped with content, editing, layout and design for clients who came to her with a finished manuscript.
Jennifer also has the capacity to help clients go deeper into the research and writing, exploring topics they never considered. One way she does this is through facilitation sessions or coaching sessions (ask Jennifer about this!). Another way is through the WWII Master Class she runs several times a year. The link to that Master Class session will give you an idea of what the class contains. Email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be placed on the early-bird list for the upcoming sessions if you are interested. This class changes lives.
Are you ready to learn the bigger picture of your family member’s military service? Are you ready to write their story? We are taking new clients and can help you find the answers and tell a deeper story about your family member. Email us at email@example.com to set up your free phone consultation today to discuss project options, fees, and time.
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Back in fall of 2014 I set out to learn more about my Grandfather’s service in WWII with the 5th Infantry Division, 2d Infantry Regiment. During my research I came across your blog site http://blog.generationsbiz.com/ and related resources that helped encourage me to write his story. This fall I published a fixed format Kindle book titled: “THE JOURNEY OF AN AVERAGE G.I. FROM DECOY, KENTUCKY” (https://www.amazon.com/JOURNEY-AVERAGE-G-I-DECOY-KENTUCKY-ebook/dp/B07WXJGVQ1/ref=sr_1_1?crid=XGS1YVICTO7O&keywords=decoy+kentucky&qid=1571612506&s=books&sprefix=Decoy+kentu%2Caps%2C185&sr=1-1).
The book not only covers my Grandfather’s journey but the journey of more than 480 other soldiers connected with his service via Morning Reports (1800 lines), After Action Reports (July 44 to Sep 44), Court Martial trial transcripts (March 42), and GPS maps. 1944 was a roller coaster of a journey for my Grandfather that I tried to project to readers via a data rich timeline of events and GPS satellite maps.
My Grandfather was a diamond in the rough (as were the men he served with) and it is the “rough” of WWII that helped forge him into the person I knew all my life. As strange as it sounds, it was difficult for me to image my Grandfather young but just like me he was once young and not so wise. It was during the course of researching my Grandfather’s military service that I felt compelled to share his story with others. I know you are very busy but I would appreciate your feedback on my book as I am not a writer (got a day job).
Jennifer Holik says
Thank you for reading my article and commenting. Congratulations on your book!
I sent you an email to discuss things further.