Three Steps to Using Narrative in Nonfiction by Pamela Mytroen

“Never could any one say of their illustrations that they were windows that exclude the light, and passages that lead to nothing.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon in defense of writers who use narratives How do you use a narrative in a nonfiction piece? First, decide what the meat of your message is before you decide Read More

Why Nonfiction Writers Must be Storytellers Too by Pamela Mytroen

Why bother telling a story in a nonfiction piece? After all, your readers just came by for information; they’ll find what they need and be satisfied, won’t they? 3 reasons why you need to tell a story in a non-fiction piece: You’re in competition with thousands of other writers. When a reader looks for truth, Read More

Keeping it All Together by Pamela Mytroen

Our grandson hopped up and down and pointed when he opened a game on Christmas morning. “Hungry Hippos,” apparently, is the most exciting thing next to hockey. However, we soon discovered marbles rolling everywhere around the living room, including under the couch, and a new game, “frustration,” began. We needed a plan to keep all Read More

The Not-So-Boring Essay by Pamela Mytroen

Boring. Be honest. That’s what springs to mind when I say, “essay”. But what if an essay gets you a raise at work? Or time off work to thaw out in Mexico when it’s minus thirty here? Is an essay boring then? Because that’s what an essay is: the ability to persuade and get what you Read More

What They Write and Why by Steph Beth Nickel

What They Write and Why Are you part of a writers’ group? The ladies I’ve met with over the past decade are diverse, as is their writing. But we’ve learned much during our time together, including what we want to write and why—for now at least. Memoir Barbara is working on a talk she will Read More

What Should I Write? by Steph Beth Nickel

What Should I Write? This is the first in a four-part series exploring what you should write and why. Whether you make your living as a writer or are brand new to the adventure, it’s good to ask yourself these questions from time to time. How do you decide what to write? Here are nine Read More

Read Any Good Books Lately? Steph Beth Nickel

Most writers are also readers. Here are some of the books I am currently working my way through. A similar post appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog on January 29 and on my blog February 12. Some of the books are the same; some I’ve added since then.

Do you like how-to books? Memoirs? Novels? Do you carve out regular time for reading or is it hit and miss? Do bookstores and libraries draw you in with an irresistible pull?

As you know, I’m eclectically interested. The same holds true of what I like to read.

Currently, I’m actively reading the following:

A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard

In my opinion, this is Sandra’s best novel to date. It is her first Serena Jones Mystery and I can see this series about a female FBI agent stretching well into the future. I’ve just gotten nicely started, but it’s so much fun! My only complaint … I wish I had more time to read it.

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Writers Must Read by Steph Beth Nickel

Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

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