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.