If you've been following the genealogy listservs recently, you've probably already heard about this topic. Write as you go is the idea that - surprise, surprise - you compile a family narrative as you go, instead of just listing the information in your genealogy database.
My first response was that this was a great idea in theory. Who doesn't love it? You immediately know what information you're missing or, if you're lucky, you end up with a completed document that you can share. Of course, that's presuming that you actually have the time to research and then write.
It wasn't until today that I realized the true wisdom of this advice. I've been trying to put together a family narrative for some cousins. Thus far I've been through all of my file on the family - and realized that I never printed census documents and am missing a few other things. I'll have to order some things. Oops. Lesson learned.
From now, I may try to take this good advice.