To preserve family history, I was asked by a client to digitise typed letters sent during the years she and her husband lived in the Outer Hebrides. My client had lived there for over 20 years so as you can imagine there was a lot of information. She and her husband had worked really hard during their time on the Isle of Harris, had become thoroughly involved in the community and had many adventures.
As time passes, I realise that memoir writing is important. I know it sounds a bit morbid, but after a parent or grandparent has passed away, have you ever asked yourself “I wish I had asked them more about …..”?
Only the other day I found out things about a family member, that I had never heard before which absolutely blew me away.
A Precious Gift To Your Family
That is why more and more people are recording their memoirs, together with some photographs, in a book format. That book can then be gifted to family members. What a precious gift.
What Is Memoir Writing?
A memoir is a collection of memories of a certain situation. It could be your whole life, what led to you being where you are now, or it could cover a particular time or event in your life.
A Life Story Saved Online
Did you know that you can also add a text version of your memoir to ancestry.com adding photographs separately? That means that any relatives finding you will be able to read your history. That will be so exciting for them.
I am often asked to type memoirs and it is so interesting. Most often I am given a handwritten manuscript, however I can also type from an audio recording.
How Do I Record My Memoir?
As I said above, I can type from your handwriting, but you can use a video or voice recorder on your phone to record your memories. Or you can buy a cheap app for your mobile – Express Scribe produced by NCH software. This will enable you to easily pause, play-back and continue what you have recorded.
A recorder makes it easy to record the reminiscences of an older relative as you, with their permission, ask questions and record their answers.
A Book You Can Share
Once I have your history down in digital format, you can forward to a publisher or I can provide a digital document that looks like a book, complete with page numbers, contents page, and photographs.
For further details about my typing services including prices, view my typing page, or call me on 07974 701526 to ask about availability.
So say many of my clients. I really don’t mind some dodgy spelling though, in fact, I welcome it and this is the reason why.
Bad spelling is often a sign of a creative mind
Our minds work in odd ways and it seems that people who are very visual find the words on a page thing a bit of a puzzle. They also find the English language very odd. Two too and to or there and their, I won’t go on.
I wouldn’t want you to judge my drawing or painting
I know a lot of
people with a talent that astounds me. They draw, paint, make things and have
endless ideas. I really wouldn’t want them to judge (or even see) my drawings.
I can make it as far as stick men but that’s about as far as it goes. We all
have different things we find easy so we shouldn’t look down on others who find
these things hard.
Its My Job, Not Yours
My job is to produce
a well presented document which has accurate spelling and grammar. I expect you
to get lost in your work and keep your creative flow.
My Tip To You
Always spell a word as it sounds. It may not be correctly spelt but everyone reading it will understand what you mean. And apostrophes (‘) – if you’re not sure, don’t. This is because people are more likely to notice a wrong one rather than a missing one.
You can also use a programme on your pc such as Grammarly.com which automatically highlights any spelling or grammatical mistakes and helps you fix them.
Is Spelling Important?
Yes and no. Spelling helps people understand us. When writing for ourselves and people who know and understand us already it’s not important. If we need to fill in a form, or make an impression on someone we don’t know, it’s more important to get it right. In that case, it is better to ask a family member friend or VA to help you rather than spend hours stressing out about it.
I work for creative people, who prefer visual things to the written word, people with lots of ideas and not a lot of time. If I can help you therefore, either with your social media, some typing or transcription, please call me on 07974 701526 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org I will be glad to help.