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Why Fiction Writers Should Read 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.
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