On Writing Nonfiction

Checklist for Manuscript Writing

Checklist for Manuscript Writing

Use this checklist when writing your manuscript. Identify a clear target audience for your book. A niche audience is almost always better than an audience that is too broad. Evaluate your competition. It’s important to determine how your your book will be different from others in your genre. Set a goal to write _______ number of […]

How to Create an Attention-Grabbing Nonfiction Book Title

How to Create an Attention-Grabbing Nonfiction Book Title

Titles are a crucial part of a book’s appeal and selling ability. You want to have a title that grabs attention and has emotional pull, while also clearly explaining to the potential reader what the book is about. For prescriptive nonfiction, offering a promise (benefit to the reader) is also important. You should also consider […]

25 Reasons You Need to Write Your Book Now

25 Reasons You Need to Write Your Book Now

Authoring a book is a goal for many, though few will actually see this goal through. If you’ve been thinking about writing a book, here are some reasons why it’s time to finally focus on achieving this important goal. 1. Life is much too short. Don’t wait until the kids are older or you have […]

The Importance of Having a Good Writing Setup by Ellen Royce

The Importance of Having a Good Writing Setup by Ellen Royce

If writing is your job, a lifetime passion or a source of living a good writing setup will definitely help you perform better. Distractions are all over the place even if you prefer working at home, sipping a flat white in different coffee houses or choosing a silent hotel room after deciding to go away […]

Pronoun Misuses: How Can You Avoid Them? by Barbara McNichol

Pronoun Misuses: How Can You Avoid Them? by Barbara McNichol

I love watching the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” but even this escape doesn’t give me a break from grammar glitches. In one episode alone, I counted four times when participants and/or hosts misused the pronouns as they spoke. As a society, if we repeatedly hear words used incorrectly on national TV (and all […]

How Well Do You Balance the Business and the Art of Writing? by Rosanne Bane

How Well Do You Balance the Business and the Art of Writing? by Rosanne Bane

You know how to take care of business as a nonfiction writer. You’re professional. You attend to all the details of putting your writing into the world from analyzing your audience to zeroing in on new ways to promote your writing. But all this serious business stuff is probably not why you started writing. You […]

“Start to” and “Decide to”: Are They Flooding Your Writing? by Barbara McNichol

“Start to” and “Decide to”: Are They Flooding Your Writing? by Barbara McNichol

When you look back at what you’ve written, take time to find how many times you start sentences with the word “start” or “begin.” For example, in a 5,000-word document I edited, those two words appeared 14 times, while only five were deemed necessary to the meaning. That’s a lot of extra words flooding your […]

What’s the One Thing That Will Transform Your Writing? by Barbara McNichol

What’s the One Thing That Will Transform Your Writing? by Barbara McNichol

How can you change weak verbs into emotional or visual ones? One single practice presented here will transform your writing when you use it consistently. It’s this: Watch out for “is” words and their various cousins. Stay alert to phrases such as “is happening” or “was being good” and change them to “happens” or “behaved” […]

How to Use an Editing Tool to Edit Your Own Work by Kevin Wood

How to Use an Editing Tool to Edit Your Own Work by Kevin Wood

As writers, self-editing is one of the hardest things we have to do. We love our work. The way that we have expressed our ideas makes perfect sense in our own heads, and so analyzing it sentence by sentence can be disheartening and difficult. But it is essential. When you are in the flow of […]

5 Writing Tools You Simply Must Have by Chris Mercer

5 Writing Tools You Simply Must Have by Chris Mercer

Wow, has writing changed a lot from the time when you had to dip a quill in ink! I mean, can you imagine that you had to rewrite your entire copy every time you edited anything? Or consult a dictionary to make sure that you actually spelled a word correctly? No grammar aid, or tool […]