Elements Of Creative Nonfiction

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Know Your Writing Mission

Choosing a type of writing that is close to your heart, provides you with a purpose or a mission. Whether it is widely known or not, every writer has a mission. For some it is fiction, and for others, nonfiction. With a firmly established mission, you write with more zeal.

When trying to find your mission, write what you prefer (fiction, nonfiction or both), not what others think you should write. Only you can decide the direction of your writing, its meaning or what you want from it and thus what you want to share. A writer’s mission may be one or more of the following:
— To explain
— To Entertain
— Help solve problems
— To Persuade
— For self-expression
— To teach others how-to do something

Once you decide
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3. Creative Nonfiction Understanding Niche and Genre

Why it is important to discover your niche or genre. With a niche or genre, you discover your path, find your passion more quickly, avoid false starts and wasting time writing what doesn’t truly interest you. To start, notice any recurring thoughts or emotions that get your blood boiling (politics, social injustices, homelessness, etc.) and see if you can find an idea to turn into a book.

Next, do not think that you must follow the crowd or imitate other writers. Choose your own subject or theme and work with it. There is no need to stick to what is popular. Instead, write from the heart. Listen to your intuition, and take no notice of what others are doing except to learn and grow. Remember, the type of work that you commit to depends on the subjects and themes that speaks to you.

That is, creating a book often begins in the unconscious mind spilling over into your conscious thoughts, which steers you in a certain direction. For instance, you may be inclined to write nonfiction self-help books on marriage or romantic relationships instead of the more popular romance novels. Why do write or want to? And more importantly, what do you want to express and to
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What makes a fiction book a good read? What did you enjoy about the last book you read? What intrigued you about the writer’s style? How does a favorite writer strings words together or makes paragraph transitions sing?

Do not just read for the sake of reading, analyze some of the books you read. Again, look at what you read most: westerns, romance, mystery, horror, mainstream, fantasy, suspense, thrillers, science fiction or literature. Any genre is acceptable. The point is to find your interest or genre and then focus your talent there.

If unsure where to start or which genre to make your own, test the waters before plunging in head first. Write a short-short story (1000 to 7500 words) in whatever genre you like. After completing the story, give it a good read. Now, ask yourself if you enjoyed writing it. Could you see yourself earning a nice income or writing professionally in that genre? If you answer yes, you’ve discovered a type of writing to make your own. Elmore John Leonard (1925-2013) wrote westerns almost his entire career and never seemed to tire of them. However, he also wrote TV and film scripts and

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