How To's for Preserving Your Life Stories

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FREE – One Chapter Challenge

Be sure to check out our One Chapter Challenge! It's FREE and aims to help YOU get one chapter written in 28 short sessions. It includes a private Facebook Group so you can get help and support from our team and others on the same journey. Learn More         ...  Read More

Overcoming “Photo Overwhelm”

This post is for anyone who is overwhelmed by photos—by the thought of a collection that is so large and disorganized that it's hard to see how you can ever get through it. It doesn't matter whether you have prints, slides, negatives, or digital photos, make sure you know what you want to accomplish. ...  Read More

Capture Stories About a Shared Experience

I recently listened to an episode of the Snap Judgement, a podcast that captures true stories from ordinary people. This episode was about the day the ballistic missile alert was accidentally sent to the residents of Hawaii. It was was a compilation of stories from people who experienced those 38 minutes believing the worst was about to happen. ...  Read More

Writing About Family and Friends

In any life stories project, writing about family and friends can be one of the most challenging issues. Of course, you want the stories to be truthful and complete, but there are all sorts of worries and concerns that may arise when you start writing about your own family and friends. Here are some common concerns... Fear of making someone ...  Read More

Digitize Your Slides

If you were born after 1980, the phrase "digitize your slides" may seem strange. Maybe you have never even seen or touched a photographic slide. However, for those of us a little older, digital cameras and smartphones were once the stuff of science fiction. Years ago, we actually had to wait sometimes weeks or months to see the images captured on ...  Read More

Quick & Easy! Digital Memories In Lieu of Baby Books and Scrapbooks

We all know how it usually goes. Parents start out wanting to record every moment of their child's journey. In the beginning, some parents keep those baby books up-to-date and the photos organized. Regardless of whether or not you were on top of those details at the beginning, if you're like most parents, life starts getting in the way. Baby books ...  Read More

How to Digitize Print Photos

No life stories project can be complete without photos, and for most of us, our old photos are in the form of prints or slides. In this post, we'll be discussing how to digitize print photos. Be sure to let us know in the comments below how you digitized your print photos! Option 1 - Scan Your Print Photos Scanning has long been the main ...  Read More

Slide Viewers and Slide Sorters

Has it been awhile since you looked at those old slides? Why not get a slide viewer so you can choose the best ones to convert into a digital format. This is the one I bought on Amazon and there are some additional options below. Keep reading below to find out what to do with those slides once you find them... Once you have chosen your ...  Read More

What To Do with My Old Letters and Greeting Cards

There's a box of "things" that I've been moving around for years and before that, it sat in my parent's basement. A storage room purge led me to open it up. Inside the box was a bag... a bag of old letters and greeting cards. The newest letter in this bag was 36 years old and some of the messages inside had been written 45 years ago. Before you ...  Read More

What Qualities Make a Good Memoir?

There is a wide range of topics and styles in memoir writing. So to answer the question "What qualities make a good memoir?",  I decided to read customer reviews on a bunch of memoirs on Amazon.  I noted adjectives that were commonly used throughout the reviews. It was actually surprising to find the same words and phrases used to describe wildly ...  Read More

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