Friday, July 31, 2015

Learning to Write Through Nonfiction

A beginning writer must follow the path that feels most comfortable. For most people learning to write, that path is nonfiction. It enables them to write about what they know or can observe or can find out.

William Zinsser

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Clarity in Nonfiction Writing

Any person who can speak English grammatically can learn to write nonfiction. Nonfiction writing is not difficult, though it is a technical skill. What you need for nonfiction writing is what you need for life in general: an orderly method of thinking. Writing is literally only the skill of putting down on paper a clear thought, in clear terms. Everything else, such as drama and "jazziness," is merely the trimmings. I once said that the three most important elements of fiction are plot, plot, and plot. The equivalent in nonfiction is: clarity, clarity, and clarity.

Ayn Rand

Getting a Nonfiction Book Published

A beginning writer has more going for him if he decides to write a nonfiction book…A beginner has just as good a chance to find a salable idea as a professional writer.

Doris Ricker Marston

Are Unpublished Novelists Real Writers?

If you do not seek to publish what you have written, then you are not a novelist and never will be.

George V. Higgins.