First is an article in pdf form by Deborah Wilbrink published in the July issue of the Middle Tennessee Journal of Genology and History: Add Story to Your Family History. In the article, Deborah talks about how to "find, attribute, and develop story," and gives some great examples of how personal historians (including me!) did this while writing their own family histories.
The second article was written by Candace Cox and published as a guest blog online at Retirement and Good Living: Geneology:Your Ancestor Shot and Killed My Ancestor! As you might guess by the title, it is full of humor. It is also an excellent resource for where to begin and how to find information. Candace covers sources from internet sites to historical and genealogical societies to probate files and to actually visiting where they lived for even more information.