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Non-fiction is a wide and wonderful genre. In this article, I will try to keep it general and applicable to all writing styles. The world of non-fiction is vast and there is a lot you can explore so these tips won’t work for everyone.
1. Discover Your Voice
I had written most of my novel before I discovered my voice as a writer. It was only from writing informational articles that I finally discovered who I was as a narrator.
Your voice as a writer consists of a bunch of different things.
It boils down to your style of writing, what you emphasise in your writing, what you choose to write down explicitly and what don’t.
Exploring your voice as a writer is much easier when you are writing from your own perspective. It’s much easier to understand what is important when you’re the only one you’re writing as.
Coming up with characters and narrators can muddy the water when we are searching for an authentic voice. Once you know your own voice you can then dress up in different clothes and personalities. This will give you believable characters but also a distinct writing style.
2. A New Type Of Creativity
Writing within the confines of the real world, and what really happened to you can be an empowering way to explore creativity. Putting unique boundaries on your writing encourages creative problem solving and makes any piece of non-fiction more interesting.
When you write about either a topic or yourself you approach it from a specific angle. Finding a good angle can make or break a piece.
I wrote about my memories through the lens of colour recently. If I couldn’t attach a memory to a specific colour I had to remove it from the piece.
These kinds of boundaries can change the way you think about your own life, in my case, adding colours and new associations to old memories, and changing the way you view life now. I often consider which colour something happening in real-time would be. It can take life out of the mundane and into a technicolour landscape of constant play.
When you think about your real life in terms of art or interest, through boundaries and lenses, real-life becomes playtime for your creative brain. It’s very fun, trust me.
3. You’re The Expert
Whether you write about a topic or yourself, you become the expert on the subject matter. I’ve made myself an authoritative voice in the writing field somewhat accidentally, but my creative pursuits have led me through years of research a bachelors degree and towards the pursuit of a master’s degree.
When you follow real-life subjects that interest you, you’ll inevitably learn some incredibly cool things about the world that you live in. Sharing information is not only great for those of us who love learning, but it also means you can engage with a subject that fascinates you and share your unique interest with the world.
4. Non-Fiction Isn’t Competitive
Generally, the non-fiction world isn’t as congested as fiction. There are a lot of aspiring authors out there who want to get their fiction published, non-fiction overall is interesting to many readers but not as many writers. It’s often dominated by experts in the field and not those who want to pursue a writing career.
Taking on a non-fiction project might lead to a publishing deal that would give you some reputation in the industry. It’s not a guarantee, but it is a little bonus. Being a good writer in a world of technical experts can make a coveted prize for publishers.
5. It Changes The World
I take a great amount of pride in my non-fiction. I genuinely believe that I’m changing the world of a few modern-day writers. Writing is a privileged profession, and providing these articles helps bridge the wealth gap.
Making knowledge accessible for the everyday reader is something that will change at least one. That makes writing non-fiction something I am incredibly proud of.
That’s why I started using my signoff because I genuinely believe that my writing can help you make it onto my bookshelf.
If I didn’t think I could make a difference I wouldn’t have a purpose in writing. I know that I have helped people. I know that from the comments, from the emails, from the claps. And with that, I’ll sign off.
As always, I cannot wait to see you on the bookshelf.