Genre tips / research / writing

8 Tips for Creative Nonfiction Writers

‘Creative non-fiction’ is defined by Lee Gutkind–founder of Creative Non-fiction Magazine–as “true stories well told.” The words “creative” and “nonfiction” describe the form. The word “creative” refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic … Continue reading

book reviews / Born in a Treacherous Time / research

Book Review: Origin of Humankind

The Origin of Humankind by Richard E. Leakey My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews If you’re interested in man’s roots, there are several authors you must read: Birute Galdikas Dian Fosse Donald Johanson GHR Von Koenigsman Glen Isaacs Jared Diamond Ian Tattersell Lev Vygotsky Margaret Meade Noam Chomsky Richard Leakey Shawna … Continue reading

book reviews / Born in a Treacherous Time / research

Book Review: The Land’s Wild Music

The Land’s Wild Music by Mark Tredinnick My rating: 3 of 5 stars View all my book reviews I bought this book at the height of my addiction to Matthiessen. I’d read everything he’d written and wanted more. Mark Tredinnick’s The Land’s Wild Music was advertised as a collection of nature writers, including Matthiessen, so … Continue reading

characters / descriptors / research / writers / writers resources

178 Ways to Describe Women’s Clothing

There are so many terms for women’s clothing, they boggle the mind–dolmen sleeves, pencil skirt, choker, colorblock. The best conjure up colorful images that share with a few words a glorious picture that sticks in your mind as the character walks through the scene. Unfortunately, they don’t always come to mind as you’re writing. Not … Continue reading