A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
prose writing that is based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biography or history
- Be imaginative. If it’s been said before, try a different slant or add details no one’s talked about.
- Say it simply.
- Surprise the reader with insider knowledge–details they didn’t know about.
- Write the book the world needs. It may be about a rising political leader or a world nation in trouble. Make it relevant and authentic.
- Interview lots of relevant people.
- Make the chapters active, not passive. Put readers in the middle of your nonfiction story.
- Use all five senses.
- Don’t include the kind of detail that readers will glaze over reading. Put that in footnotes or appendices.
- Decide what type of nonfiction you’re writing (i.e., biography, history, journalism, expose, or that sort).
- Know who your reader is.
- The Elements of Style by E.B. White
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
- The Double Helix by James Watson
- Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
- On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
- The Republic by Plato
- Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.