Help with writing memories

Some contributors may worry that they have to use a computer to add their stories and pictures to the site.

But you don't have to be a computer whiz to participate in this project. We've worked hard to ensure that contributing is both easy and enjoyable.

We also believe that there are great benefits to adding a story directly to the site for immediate publication. The project team can provide advice and assistance on technical and other matters.

Here are a few helpful tips to get started.

  • Give your story a title - that will help you focus, and it also helps someone browsing through the memories.
  • Start writing on a word processing document instead of directly in the 'Contribute' box; that way you can easily cut and paste your story from there.
  • If you're stuck, take a look at some old photographs to jog your memory, or skim your diary or scrapbook from the time; our topic categories may also be useful.
  • If your story is long one - more than 300 words or about one page of text - consider splitting it up into smaller stories, but remember to give each one a different title.
  • Remember that all sorts of people will read your story, so give them a hand - spell out those acronymns or explain those terms; we'll also link your story to the glossary.
  • Don't worry if you can't recall dates - this site is about your memories and experiences of the Vietnam War (at home or abroad, at the time or afterwards).
  • Take your time; there's no need to rush the process and you can always come back and edit your story (via your Personal Page) at any time.
  • Enjoy the process - this is your chance to put into your own words your experience of New Zealand and the Vietnam War.

Contact us:

info@vietnamwar.govt.nz

(04) 496 6174

How to cite this page: 'Writing tips', URL: http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/help/writing-tips, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 27-May-2008