April 25, 2016 Research for Nonfiction Do I Need To Do Research for my Nonfiction Work? “Well, that’s a no-brainer,” you say. “Even if you’re writing your life history, you’d probably need an ancient facts book to see what REALLY BIG happened the year you were born. Duh. Nonfiction means ‘no fakey talkey.’” […]
Answer: Absolutely. Maybe even more so. Lemme offer an answer based on my own process in structuring and writing The Lion’s Gate.
There is a growing interest in data driven stories. Some people refer to it as a new form of data journalism, although the reality is that data driven journalism has been around since the mid-1800’s.
Everyone always says to write about what you know. What could you know better than your own backyard? Regional magazines are a great way to break into magazine writing.
When you’re pitching a complicated story, it’s important to provide enough background information to help an editor understand why this story needs to be told. But too much background can bog down your pitch, or bury the story you really want to tell.
Writing short can be refreshing — like ice in your underwear. It’s also a practical way to build a writing career.
The strongest magazine articles usually include data from a reliable source to back up the points you’re making. Without solid information, your article doesn’t come off as credible.
The Mass Observation Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected continuously since 1981. The Archive is a charitable trust in the care of the University of Sussex. It is housed at The Keep as part of the University’s Special Collections.
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When you’re in line at the grocery store waiting to pay, do you casually thumb through the magazines on display? Chances are you read about the latest royal gossip, celebrity rumors and home-decorating styles.
“For centuries writers of nonfiction have borrowed the tools of novelists to reveal truths that could be exposed and rendered in no better way. They place characters in scenes and settings, have them speak to each other in dialogue, reveal limited points of view, and move through time over conflicts and toward resolutions.”
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“Relax fiction writers, you don’t need thousands of social media followers just to query. (Non fiction authors, the same does not apply to you. Get back to that blog.) Fiction always stands on its own, but a good following is never a bad thing! However, platform for fiction writers comes with time.”
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