nonfiction research

How to Research a Nonfiction Book: 5 Tips for Writers

November 22, 2021

That you’ve landed here tells me you have a message you want to share in a book. You’re eager to start writing, but you first need to conduct some research. Problem is, you’re not sure how to research for a nonfiction book. You may even wonder whether research is all that important. You may be […]

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creative nonfiction

6 Best Practices for Writing Creative Nonfiction

August 23, 2021

People browsing books usually scan the cover for the title, author, and whoever wrote the foreword. Then they glance at the back cover. If intrigued, they’ll turn to the first chapter. Your first paragraph—from the first sentence—must compel your reader to continue. The power of creative nonfiction comes from using a technique common in fiction—rendering […]

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How to Write a Book Outline

How to Outline a Nonfiction Book in 5 Steps

August 9, 2021

There’s no way around it. You need a book outline if you’re writing nonfiction. For a novel, if you’re a Pantser (one who writes by the seat of your pants—like I do) as opposed to an Outliner, you can get away with having a rough idea where you’re going and how to get there. But […]

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How to edit a book

How to Edit a Book: 7 Steps For Becoming a Ferocious Self-Editor

July 8, 2021

So you want to get published? To give yourself the best chance, you need to learn how to edit your manuscript so a publisher will want to turn it into a book. Whether you want to self-publish or land a traditional publishing deal (where they take all the financial risk and pay you, rather than […]

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How to write a memoir

How to Write Your Memoir: A 5-Step Guide

May 4, 2020

Memoir is not just a fancy literary term for an autobiography. I say that from the start, because I so often hear the terms incorrectly interchanged. Your memoir will be autobiographical, of course, but it can’t be about you. Confused yet? Stay with me. You may have heard both of these genres associated with creative […]

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