So you want to write about money – or rather, someone who commits crime for money. Where do you start?
Financial crime, or the fraudulent acquisition of property belonging to someone else, is a vast topic. We don’t read novels to learn about suspicious anomalies on the company balance sheet – if we’re not careful, dialogue can morph into info-dump, and characters can be dwarfed by organisations and governments.
So how do we avoid this? How do we strike the right balance between “too little” and “too much” information?
Continue reading Financial Crime for Writers: An Overview
How did Jane Austen’s nonfiction help shape some of the greatest romance novels in literary history? Digging deeper into these underrated writings, I’ll explore three major ingredients that inspired her romantic heroes, plots, and outlook. Continue reading Jane Austen: How Reality Inspired Her Fiction
Creative nonfiction involves grabbing the reader’s attention and keeping them entertained. Fiction writers know how to do this, of course, but it can feel strange in a book that’s supposed to be about cold, hard facts. If we don’t know what the weather was like back in 1165, for example, how are we supposed to describe it? Continue reading Introducing The World Of Creative Nonfiction
“Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.”
Charles Dickens’ iconic opening lines to Hard Times make nonfiction sound staid and dull. Small wonder that so few of the writers I know commit to reading and writing nonfiction as much as they do fiction. However, it’s time to abandon the restrictive notion that writers only write stories. Yes, many of us do. Yet we can also write journals, essays, reports, encylopedias and so much more.
Continue reading Why Fiction Writers Should Read Nonfiction