Questions and Answers On Writing Creative Nonfiction
What is creative nonfiction? Writing a true story with the same literary techniques we use when writing fiction to report on an event, a place or a person.
What is the most important factor? Truth
What does it do? The author tells a story, thereby entertaining the reader, but presents factual information. The author shares his/her own feelings for the topic.
What kinds of stories are included in creative nonfiction? Travel writing, science writing, nature writing, food writing, memoirs, biography, personal essays
How do I tell a true story in this manner?
A. Show more than you tell
B. Use sensory details (seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting)
C. Open with a hook just as you would in a fiction story.
D. Consider the importance of setting
E. Story—not just a bunch of facts
F. Characterization brings the story to life
G. Dialogue (be careful here)
H. Add tension, if even in small amounts
I. You still have to make a point or send a message
J. Use similes and metaphors to give some life to the story
K. Use strong verbs
L. Vivid description
- Where can I market my creative nonfiction? Newspapers, ezines and websites online, magazines that fit your topic, anthologies