Monday, January 14, 2019

Writing Nonfiction

Are you considering writing a piece of nonfiction?
Here are some things to consider before publishing nonfiction.

Writing nonfiction designed to inform:
  • Make sure you have all the facts and information from credible sources.
  • Cite your sources correctly to avoid plagiarism.


Self-help and how-to books are a way for experts to share their knowledge. These books have a specific target audience and are sometimes difficult to sell in the marketplace. If you write these types of books it’s important to be an expert in your field and not just someone who is “really good” at google. 
  • Answer the following question in the comments: What makes someone an expert?

Nonfiction designed to tell stories or describe events:

Before you decide to write a book about an event or person make sure you have the rights to tell the story.
  • Are you an Historian who has studied the event?
  • Are the events public domain?
  • If the story is about a person have you obtained the rights to tell the story?

Even if you are telling the story about yourself, you don’t always have the right to include others in the story. Make sure you have documented permission from any individual you include in your story.

Fictionalizing real events doesn’t exempt you from acquiring permission from people to tell their story. Individuals will recognize themselves from your story and you may face legal action from individuals who may not have wanted their stories told.

What questions do you have about writing nonfiction?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Writing Software

What is your preferred writing software?
I use Word because I am familiar with the program. 
I lucked into a Word template for formatting my novels early in my writing career and I am able to effectively use the template to format my work. There are also a number of instructional videos and guides available if I am stuck on a formatting issue so I can learn how to fix problems myself.
I know there are other writing programs, but the cost of the software and the sharp learning curve necessary to use the program effectively makes it difficult for me to buy into the program.
What software do you use?
Why is this your preferred software?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Can you write?

Read the entire post and think for a few minutes before you comment. 
Can you write?
Probably not.
There are so many reasons why you can't write: Time, skill set, writer's block, anxiety.
Should you write:
Emphatically: YES!
Writing is not about doing it right, it's about doing it.
You don't have to write the Great American Novel.
It's about expressing your thoughts on paper.
Write for yourself
Keep a journal
Create a blog
Write in forums
Write in a notebook
Write on napkins
Write on scraps of paper
Write letters to your loved ones

Write because you should and eventually you will write because you can.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Why do you write?

Why do you write?
I write to release the thoughts in my head.
Sometimes the stories spring from the darkest part of my soul.
sometimes they bubble forth out of joy..
Like a pensive, I drag the thoughts from my head and allow them to swirl out on to paper.
I write for myself.
It helps writing for myself.
I don't worry about critics.
I accept critique.
I am willing to grow and change, because it makes my voice stronger, but it will always be my voice.
I've learned I can't write for other people.
I lose my voice when I worry about what others will think of my writing. My stories suffer and I end up dancing around words I'm afraid to write down.
The words stay in my head for far to long when I worry about what others will think of me.
I write for myself.
Why do you write?

Writing Nonfiction

Are you considering writing a piece of nonfiction? Here are some things to consider before publishing nonfiction. Writing nonfiction...