Our heroine has always considered herself a writer of fiction only, dear Reader. Last week, a friend suggested a Forum article about nonfiction. It took far too long for me to realize that I do write nonfiction at times. You’re reading some of it now.
I delved into the world of nonfiction writing and freelance work. The first article I’d like to share is by Beth Morrow on her Writer-In-Progress blog. It’s titled Why I Love Writing Freelance Articles. In it she compares her experiences writing both fiction and nonfiction. Her enthusiasm, as always, is infectious.
I found some great resources for those who write nonfiction. Whether you’re already freelancing or considering doing some nonfiction work, these may be helpful.
The suite101.com article Freelance Writing Topics contains a “list of nonfiction topics, writing prompts and subjects for articles.” It’s written by Jenny Evans for the site. There are so many good ideas here. They’re not just for nonfiction inspiration, either. I came away from it with a few ideas rattling around for fiction pieces.
Julie Wheelwright, of City University, London, wrote an article on WritersServices.com for nonfiction writers. Not the most pleasing of website designs, but please don’t hold that against the text. It’s called Top Ten Tips for Nonfiction Writers. Basic, easy to understand but important information for anyone getting into the arena. Fiction writers would do well to give it a glance, too.
There’s a fantastic article by Silvia Hartmann on her site titled Non-Fiction Book Writing Tips. She describes different models and methods for approaching a project. This is definitely worth a bookmark.
everything.com has a lovely section of articles about Creative Nonfiction. The link I’d like to share is Creative Nonfiction Writing Exercises, but look to the navigation bar on the left for the whole list of articles. The article was written by Richard D. Bank and has a few helpful techniques. Do take a look through the series.
Many writers of fiction are supporting themselves in part by freelancing nonfiction articles. Is this an option for you? Are you a step ahead of that question and already doing it? I’d love to hear from you.