Writing Non-Fiction

Where I’m at Wednesday May 7, 2014

Currently, I’m working on chapter 22 in The Omphalos of Delphi. I love switching between the three individual stories. After I’m done writing it, I will need to make sure the chapters are in the right sequence. My editor will also tell me which sequences flow better. All in all, I am very pleased with the direction things are moving.
I am super excited to be done with imagining SNOW!!! I hate snow. . .now. Even though I live in Phoenix, I don’t get to see it often, but my head has been overloaded with vivid images of a white barren wasteland.  As my characters move toward London, I will be refreshed with the greenery at last.

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Writing nonfiction



Most of my advice has been geared toward fiction writers, only because I am a fiction author. As an avid reader of history, people, and places, I rely on knowledgeable, nonfiction writers.


According to Wikipedia, nonfiction is a narrative, account, or other communicative work whose assertions and descriptions are believed by the author to be factual.


Nonfiction has a broad spectrum: biographies, textbooks, magazine or newspaper articles, historical events, self-help, user manuals (DIY), scientific essays or books, letters, memoirs. These are just some examples of nonfiction.


In understanding and writing nonfiction we must learn several styles. To break it down, there are 4 types of nonfiction writing, although some may apply to fiction writing as well.


  • NARRATION – tells a story about a person, place or event either through writing, spoken words, or a series of moving pictures.



  • EXPOSITION – an explanation of important background information to an audience about settings, or events prior to the main plot. Backstories can be conveyed through dialogue, flashbacks, character’s thoughts, or a narrator telling the back-story.



  • ARGUMENTATION – a debate or negotiation using logical reasoning, which may or may not persuade the audience or opponent. Argumentation can include the civil debates of the arts and sciences through dialogue, conversation, and persuasion.



  • DESCRIPTIVE – engages the senses to build a mental image of a story. Descriptive writing is applicable to both fiction and nonfiction.




Steps to follow in writing nonfiction:


  • Decide on a topic – it would be easier to pick a subject that you are already an expert in, take an interest in, or have knowledge about.


  • Choose a form – will it be a blog, an article for a magazine, or become a book?


  • Research – if you aren’t writing an autobiography, then you’ll need to research your topic.


  • Write an outline – record the areas that you’d like to cover, notate the facts, and list events. Sometimes drawing a timeline can be useful.


  • Write – you have all your resources, notes, and facts. Now get busy and write!


  • Revise – after you have written the first draft, then go back review, adjust, and edit.


I hope this information has helped. You may have a better understanding, but the work rests on your shoulders.


Good luck writing.


Take care, my friends.


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