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Category Archives: Craft: Nonfiction Book

Creating Mood And Atmosphere In Your Writing

Many writers are able to create mood and atmosphere with little effort. But to become a better writer, you need a conscious, practical sense of the tools you can use to manipulate mood, atmosphere, and tone in your writing. 8 Sure-fire Ways To Establish Mood Using all of these tools together will help you create a… Continue Reading

How To Write A Great First Line (With 12 Unforgettable Examples)

Some writers can craft the perfect first line on the very first try—and if that’s happened to you, you can bet the writing muses were in a darn good mood that day. Most writers struggle, returning to the first line of a novel, memoir, story, poem, or personal essay again and again, continuing to rework the opening line… Continue Reading

“Show, Don’t Tell”: How To Get It Right

Ah, “Show, don’t tell”—the words conjure up memories of red ink on high school English papers. But for many writers, knowing how to “show” and not “tell” is just as tricky now as it was in freshman year. So, what does it mean exactly? Academic and technical writers are faced with the task of spelling… Continue Reading

The Single Most Important Thing Your Query Letter Must Do If You Want To Get A Literary Agent

Do you know how to spot the difference between a good query letter and a fantastic query letter? This is going to sound trite, but the answer is: Ask your heart. That’s right—the single most important thing that your query letter can do if you want to get a literary agent’s attention is create an… Continue Reading

Can You Make Up Dialogue In Memoirs Or Nonfiction Books?

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Writing dialogue in memoirs or nonfiction books makes people nervous. And with good reason! Novelists base their work on fabrications of varying extents; memoirists and writers of narrative nonfiction have to be prepared to stand behind their every word as fact. So, if nonfiction is about fact, then what should a writer do about writing… Continue Reading



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