Archive for the Writing Nonfiction Category

Show, Don’t Tell

What is the difference between “active” and “passive” writing and how can it make your non-fiction articles and books come alive? Read the rest of this entry »

Start with a Story

How To Write An Article or Non-Fiction Book That Will Sell

How to write a strong opening

Let’s say George is a science writer who has been contracted to do an exclusive article for a popular magazine with a readership in the millions.  It will be a great credit for him, and he’s being paid a good deal of money to do it. He has an abundance of statistics and scientific facts and analysis to put in his article, but he’s never before written for a large general audience. He’s worried that his editor and his readers will find his information dull and boring. He can’t seem to get started with the writing, and his deadline is looming. Read the rest of this entry »

Writing for the Web

How to write a blog or an article; a practical guide to web writing.

A publishing professional tells you about the differences between writing print articles or books and writing for a web site.

The Internet is the largest market for your freelance writing, with your potential readership surpassing that of any of the print media. As a bonus, your words will probably exist in cyberspace forever. Read the rest of this entry »

What do you really want to write?

We get many queries about topics that truly interest us, and that we feel would stand a good chance in the marketplace because the information is needed and it would be useful to many people. Yet when we read the material, we are disappointed.

Why?

Because the content goes in an entirely different direction than the author’s description. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Alice Sebold Wrote Nonfiction

When Alice Sebold began writing her bestselling novel, The Lovely Bones, the first chapter came to her quickly.  It was the story of a 14-year-old girl’s rape and murder.

Yet, memories of her own real-life rape kept interfering with her work. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Write Nonfiction?

A literary agent tells you how nonfiction can jumpstart your writing career

Discover the many benefits of publishing nonfiction books and articles, even if your goal is to be a successful novelist. Nonfiction can jumpstart your writing career. Read the rest of this entry »

Write It Down, Make It Happen

How to make your dream of a writing career become a reality.

Advice for writers who want to become published authors. Read the rest of this entry »

What is a Memoir? What Makes a Memoir Different from an Autobiography or Biography?

A literary agent discusses the contents of a quality memoir and how it differs from an autobiography or biography. Read the rest of this entry »