Read Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century by Patrik Ourednik

When an author wants to create a certain effect or tone, sometimes the traditional layout of text on a page doesn’t work. You need something slightly or vastly different. Patrik Ourednik experiments with form in Europeana, a nonfiction account of the twentieth century, to generate an objective historical account. Other authors can learn from and borrow his form.

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Syntax: Sentence Organization and Voice Creation

When it comes to sentence organization, many writers nod off or only care enough to be clear, but the kinds of syntax you use has a tremendous impact on voice. A child is going to arrange their sentences differently than a psychologist. Your sentences will look different than another author’s. Syntax is a key aspect of your voice.

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Read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

If you want to take your readers on an emotional journey and focus on the internal conflicts of your characters, read Milk and Honey. Rupi Kaur uses the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing of her life to create an emotional story arc in her poetry collection. Through different points of view, form, and the economy of words, she brings emotional truths to the forefront of her text.

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Creative Nonfiction: What Is It and How to Write It

To some the phrase creative nonfiction might seem like an oxymoron, but it isn’t. Creative nonfiction is about sharing your story, facts, and reality in a compelling way, so your readers are both informed and entertained. Creative nonfiction allows writers the freedom to build scenes and play with form, while remaining true.

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Read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Whether you're interested in running long distances or not, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superalthetes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall is a must read for any aspiring nonfiction writer. McDougall employs concepts, conflicts, characters, and causalities often associated with fiction to share the knowledge he gained while asking "Why does my foot hurt?"

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Why Nonfiction Needs to Tell a Story

Humans are psychologically wired to remember and understand stories. Using basic story structure and elements from fiction will help your nonfiction book stand out and deliver the information driving your need to write in a way that will linger in your reader's memory.

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Telling Your Story: Memoir vs Autobiography vs Biography

Are you writing a non-fiction story about a specific person? Is it about you or someone else? If you are, then you need to know the differences between a memoir, autobiography, and biography, so you can accurately categorize your book and appeal to readers looking for your story.

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Read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

In Station Eleven Emily St. John Mendel transforms dystopian fiction. Through a twisted timeline, multiple points of view, and the importance of art, she speculates on how society might carry on after a pandemic deadlier than the Spanish Flu.

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Multiple Points of View: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Uses

Speculative and historical fiction often tell stories larger than any single character. To show different societal classes or world rules, they need different perspectives. Using multiple points of view can provide information about the larger world while remaining close to the characters.

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Read Vesailles by Kathyrn Davis

Kathryn Davis uses omniscient point of view to transform the palace of Versailles and tell a story larger than the main character. At the same time, she gives Marie Antoinette the voice and freedom to tell her story in Versailles. Find out how Davis does this and how you can use the same techniques in your writing.

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First Person Narrators: Definitions, Benefits, and Pitfalls

Who is narrating your story? Is it the snarky protagonist? A child? A murderer? While every person and character are unique, most first person narrators fit into three major categories. Understanding the pros and cons of each narrator type can be the difference between a successful story and one that falls flat.

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