July 21, Do fiction and nonfiction writing have anything in common? After all, their goals are fundamentally different.
Strathy You may not have considered writing nonfiction professionally, especially if your career goal has always been "novelist.
Here are some points to consider The market for nonfiction writing is huge. The demand for good nonfiction outstrips the demand for fiction by a wide margin. For most people, fiction is something they read strictly for pleasure. Nonfiction is something people must also read for work, school, or to manage their lives.
It's non-optional, and that means there's a lot more of it. To take an obvious example: The vast majority of websites offer information -- nonfiction, in other words.
It takes writers to put that information in a format that meets the public's need for palatable facts, analysis, and ideas. And that's not even counting traditional markets such as newspapers, magazines, nonfiction books, technical writing, etc.
The human thirst for more up-to-date information is constantly growing, which means the need for good nonfiction writers is equally huge. If you are looking for ways to earn a living as a professional writer, it would be a mistake to overlook the market for nonfiction.
It's easier to write nonfiction than fiction. I'm not trying to devalue nonfiction writers. Both fiction and nonfiction writers require strong language skills and creativity.
Both require the ability to connect with a reader. And both require the ability to take a reader on an intellectual and emotional journey that will lead them to new ways of understanding the world or even change the decisions they make in their lives.
But it cannot be denied that writing nonfiction is easier than writing fiction. Fiction writers need a highly developed imagination in order to create imaginary worlds that feel authentic, populate them with imaginary people as complex as real ones, and invent chains of events that will determine those people's destiny.
Nonfiction writers have the advantage of describing the real world, even if their perspective is subjective. Writing nonfiction, especially for a general audience, takes a different type of skill. It requires the ability to explain things, to take evidence and concepts, no matter how complex, and express them in a way that readers will find engaging.
It's about finding a way to serve the needs of any audience -- regardless of age, education, or cultural background.
Nonetheless, I personally believe that, while not every nonfiction writer can become a novelist, any good fiction writer can learn to write good nonfiction. Writing nonfiction gives you an excuse to learn about different subjects.
For a lot of writers, the biggest challenge in life is to avoid boredom. We write because we want our minds to be occupied with interesting ideas, peopleplaces, etc. Being a nonfiction writer gives you the opportunity to learn about any subject that interests you in far more depth than the average person.
It means keeping your mind occupied with new information and ideas, which can be an exhilarating and rewarding way to live.So you want to write a nonfiction book A few tips for those writers intimidated by the idea of writing something that contains many pages and a spine.
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Writing a nonfiction book doesn't have to be difficult with guidance from book publishing consultant Nancy Erickson The Book Professor.
Coaching, classes. There’s actually a secret Step 12 to writing your nonfiction book: write another book! That’s because the best way to sell more books is to write another one. As you start marketing your book, getting reviews, and winning new fans and followers, you want to have other offerings you can point them to.
And that's not even counting traditional markets such as newspapers, magazines, nonfiction books, technical writing, etc. The human thirst for more up-to-date information is constantly growing, which means the need for good nonfiction writers is equally huge.
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