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Text Title: Writing Creative Nonfiction


Edited: Apr 9

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Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo, Ph.D.

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To write great creative nonfiction, a writer must tell a fact-based story

in an imaginative way—not as easy a task as it sounds! Nonfiction

writers must be dedicated to preserving the truth of their stories—the

who, what, why, where, when, and how. The creativity enters through the

use of perspective, which, like a camera lens, allows the writer to focus the

reader’s attention and engage his or her imagination.


The Elements of a Great (True) Story

1. You have always wanted to write: Perhaps you have bought a book

completing your novel in 90 days or breaking into publishing.

Perhaps you have taken a creative writing class. Maybe you have a

half-completed project in a desk drawer. Maybe you have started a

family history, a biography, or a memoir.


2. If you have ever wanted to write about a true event or your personal

experience but wanted to do it with panache, then you have been

thinking about writing creative nonfiction. To write creative

nonfiction, you need to learn great storytelling.


3. Great storytelling requires a strong central character, gripping

dialogue, and a fabulous beginning. It needs paragraph after

paragraph that keeps a reader wanting more, leading to a

satisfying ending.


4. There are tricks of the trade—things that published writers learn

from struggling with the same challenges all writers face over and

over, as well as from talking to each other about their struggles.

And it is important to note, what works for a great nonfiction story

works just as well for a great fictional story, too.








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