One Writer’s Journey

October 3, 2013

Why Should You Write Nonfiction?

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More often then I’d care to admit, a new writer wants to know why I write nonfiction.  After all, it just isn’t as fun as fiction.

I smile and nod and let them have their say, because I know the truth.  Nothing else has the power to hook readers like really well-done nonfiction.  And I’m not just saying that because I write nonfiction.  I’ve seen nonfiction in action.

Every sat in the living room watching my son open his birthday presents.  We’re a book-y crowd so it wasn’t surprising that he opened a variety of books including How They Croaked: The Awful Endings of the Awfully Famous written by Georgia Bragg and illustrated by Kevin O’Malley.  He flipped through it while we all watched and then he reached out to put the book on the table.

“Can I see that?”

I don’t remember who spoke up first but before I could get my hands on it, some one was flipping through the book and reading bits of it out loud.  In fact, it made its way around the room as one person after another paged through it, stopping to read and then sharing what they had just read.  There were even some debates about the facts themselves.  “That’s not what I heard!”

Nothing else drew that kind of attention.  The book has a tabloid fascination with its promise of awful endings for famous people.  Bragg matches this topic with an irreverent style of writing.  Add to that O’Malley’s bold graphic novel style illustrations and you have a dramatic, slightly lurid story that no one wanted to put down until I brought out the cake.

That, my friends, is the power of top notch nonfiction.  You can read more about the creative nature of nonfiction in my post today at the Muffin.  There are also still openings in my WOW! class, Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults.



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