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Writing Non-Fiction Help: Tips for Quality Writing

By Gary R. Hess. Category: Writing

Writing non-fiction might be the easiest of all writings, but it's not always the easiest to keep your readers interested. You sometimes have to dig deep and find little nuggets of realism that others might respond to.

When writing non-fiction the best thing to do is research, even when the story is about you, you need to do research. Readers are generally well educated, and chances are, they will know when something is not quite right. As well, if you are writing a paper for class or to educate others about a certain subject, research is a must.

Whether you need to use online publications or do interviews, it's still research. It can help you gain additional details or even learn a humorous event that you don't remember. It can also give you a first-hand (or second-hand) experience that'll go nicely with your story.

On the other hand, be sure to not overdue it. Readers do not need to know why the sky is blue and why horses aren't used for glue anymore. Give them basic facts which relate to what you are trying to say, and be entertaining while doing so.

Another necessity when writing non-fiction, or even fiction for that matter, is using plenty of details. Details, details, details! Readers love details.

Want to write about Susie's new hairstyle? Tell us what the color is, what the length is, and how it lies across her cheek. It allows the reader to visualize the character's hair and gives a quality setting for the user to better understand where you are coming from. Since this is not a movie, every important detail needs to be given to the reader.

As readers are the top priority when writing, the reader must know exactly what is going on. Do not leave the small things out. Do not let the reader wonder what happened between point A and point B, unless of course it's a murder mystery then things change but for the most part this holds true.

If you have done things story, essay, research project or whatever else you happen to be writing, will almost be ready. Just be sure to follow some guidelines along the way. Write it in some order, such as chronologically or 'lash-back' style. Just don't lose track of your readers.

If all of these can be accomplished smoothly and researched properly your story is now complete. Jump up and down and pat yourself on the back because you have done it.