Monthly Archives: March 2014

A book to guide writers of historical nonfiction

Voice and Vision, A Guide to Writing History and Other Serious Nonfiction, by Stephen J. Pyne
Writers of historical nonfiction who want to pull free from the tarnish and weight of boring pomposity the form sometimes has will welcome Stephen J. Pyne’s book Voice and Vision, A Guide to Writing History and Other Serious Nonfiction. While he doesn’t give wholesale endorsation to “creative nonfiction,” Pyne offers many ways to inject sparkle, drama and reader engagement into your writing. We’re told to hold to our pact to present the facts and retain the narration and exposition needed to give a detailed […]

Create a Structure for Nonfiction Writing

Compile a Chronological List to Make Sense of Research Material
Pre-Writing Exercises to Free Your Muse
Is your nonfiction writing project stalled? One fellow, whose career suggests he’s anything but lazy, thought it was laziness that held him back. That’s not the culprit. What’s needed is a means to help you soar above the trees

for a big picture view of your subject, and some pre-writing exercises to provide structure. This, and a few postings to come, will get you launched.

Harness That Research Material
A stack of research papers, even if it’s neatly sorted into subject files, is daunting. To distill it into […]

Equalize Your Passion for Research with Writing

When Is It Time to Stop Your Research and Start Writing?
I love research. It’s like a detective chase. I’m on a hunt for every clue, assembling each one into a carefully sorted and organized collection. In fact, I might be a “bit” obsessive when it comes to research. (Maybe that’s a quality writers need for staying power?)

The problem is you may not need all that info you’ve collected, so at the midway point it’s time to stop the joyful digging and start writing.
When Are You the Subject Expert?

How do you know when you’ve gathered enough to start writing? That’s […]