On Writing Nonfiction

Bringing Someone Else’s Story to Life by Katrina Shawver

Bringing Someone Else’s Story to Life by Katrina Shawver

Crafting a compelling narrative of a real person that leaps from the page, invokes images of a live-action movie, and creates a strong connection for the reader remains easier said than done. The nonfiction genre of biographies and memoirs continues to rank high in adult nonfiction for book sales and library circulations so many authors […]

Why Highly Sensitive People Make Great Writers by Kate Frank

Being a highly sensitive person can be a pain…quite literally.  However, the traits making you highly sensitive can also be a magical gift for being an awesome writer.  We are going to explore the definition of being highly sensitive and offer some tools for turning this personal characteristic into a power tool for your writing […]

Watch for These Unneeded Wobbly Words by Barbara McNichol

To add clarity by taking unneeded words out of your writing, the easiest approach is to identify and attack wobbly words. But what are wobbly words? Well, they’re words that are vague, indefinite, and don’t add much to the meaning of a sentence. In fact, they can add word clutter to your paragraphs and detract […]

3 Brief Rules for Using Semicolons Correctly by Barbara McNichol

In many memos and manuscripts created, their writers often take a convoluted approach to punctuation. Most noteworthy, too many semicolons show up in too many wrong ways. How can you remember what’s right? Every time you’re tempted to use a semicolon, review these three brief rules. 1. Use a semicolon to separate two independent clauses. […]

Three Steps to Getting Better Ideas by Brian Jud

Did you ever try to solve a jig-saw puzzle? It’s simple, right? The picture on the cover of the box shows you how the completed puzzle should look, so all you must do is organize and connect all the pieces. Now think of your publishing journey as the puzzle. You have your vision of the […]

Better Writing: When to Use “Like” vs. “Such As” by Barbara McNichol

Have you ever wondered about the distinction between “like” or “such as” in your writing. Here are two phrases to consider: . . . the answers that so-called geniuses “like / such as” Newton seem to embody. . . . centuries of innovations “like / such as” the airplane and space shuttle have resulted. In […]

4 Ways to Ensure Readability in Your Writing by Barbara McNichol

“Writings are useless unless they are read, and they cannot be read unless they are readable.” – Theodore Roosevelt If Roosevelt lived in today’s world, he might have known that 6% of the time wasted in corporations is due to poorly written communications. Of course, your goal is readability. At the same time, you desire […]

Power Up Your Nonfiction Book: Essential Content to Include when Writing Your Manuscript

As you write your next book, you will likely follow some sort of outline and include some of the usual elements like footnotes and appendix. But there are some additional items you may want to consider adding to your manuscript in order to maximize the reader experience while building your mailing list and revenues. Free […]

How Do You Carve Out Time for Writing?

The Nonfiction Authors Association recently sent out a request for writers around the world to answer the question: how do you carve out time for writing? Here are the replies we received. NFAA: How do you carve out time for writing? Chloe Grabham Sometimes it can be really hard to carve out time to write, […]

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Writing Flow Better by Barbara McNichol

Whether it’s a marketing email or the chapter of a book, you might be challenged to make your writing easy to follow. How can you create a smooth flow that helps your readers? Give these techniques a try: Use subheads: When you use subheads throughout your piece, readers can skim your content and quickly discern […]