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Questions tagged [non-fiction]

Non-fiction is a form of prose writing that factually describes real events and people, sometimes offering additional commentary. This tag should be used for any questions relating to non-fiction, including non-fiction formatting and technique, non-fiction critiques, and the publishing of non-...

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David Foster Wallace's technique in “Consider the Lobster”

After reading the essay "Consider the Lobster" by the famous writer David Foster Wallace, I realized that Wallace had employed a rather sly technique. If you're interested in answering this question, ...
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Do I need to provide in-text citations in a news article for school?

So, for my Senior English Class, I need to write a news article about technology. However, I'm unsure as to whether or not I need in-text citations for said paper. Do I need in-text citations for a "...
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Writing a book that involves an ex husband

I'm new to the writing world (other than writing a lot as a child). I want to write my story to help empower women in similar situations but it involves writing about my ex. How does one tell their ...
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Mentioning famous person in autobiography

I've been writing an autobiography about sexual abuse that happened to me throughout my childhood. The abuser was the dad of a famous singer. Once I was old enough (18) to leave home and file charges (...
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In a book about political activism, can the author recommend illegal acts--or is that a crime, too? [closed]

We are writing a short book on how activists can fight against destructive governance...something like Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. But this book does recommend some specific illegal acts, ...
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Is a parenthetical reference to a later part of the text redundant in non-fiction writing?

The response will either be an evasion (we will come to that later), or it will be . . . Is the above (or similar) parenthetical redundant? (I couldn't find a suitable tag for this question, ...
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Release for book of interviews

I would like to write an ebook in which I ask people to share their experiences in a specific topic. Where can I find a good release for these people to sign? Do I have to pay the interviewee? ...
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Alternative publishers like Dover

I have a manuscript that is a derivative of a mathematical work in the public domain. It is a diamond in the rough which was unpalatable due to its prose. The new manuscript is a modernized and ...
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What are the copyright laws and permission requirements for a teacher using a student's work as an example?

If a teacher makes a writing assignment for students (some would be minors), can the teacher use those writings as examples in the future? The teacher would examine the writings and provide analysis ...
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The genre of a book based on author's real life [closed]

I want to start writing, but it would be about myself - my life. And all the 'characters' are real people that are still alive. Therefore, before I start writing, I need information about what other ...
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What is the most effective way to transition from one paragraph to the next?

I desire to know how to transition smoothly from one paragraph to another in the body text, but there are a number of ways to do it and I don't know which is best. For instance, I could place the ...
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How do experienced writers introduce the topic sentence halfway or near the end of the paragraph?

I have repeatedly come across the comment that experienced writers are able to put their topic sentence anywhere in a paragraph, but I wonder what that looks like and how they are able to do this. How ...
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How much can the supporting sentences deviate from the topic sentence before introducing a second paragraph becomes a better option?

My question is: How much can one deviate from the topic sentence before transitioning to a second paragraph becomes a better idea? For example, if a topic sentence consists of an assertion, then the ...
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How do I make a concluding sentence flow from the previous sentence?

This question was flagged as being similar to another question of mine, so I have to clarify that this question pertains to how I should introduce the concluding sentence, whereas the other one ...
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In which cases do paragraphs require a concluding sentence?

I'm writing an argumentative non-fiction book but I often wonder if I'll bore the reader if every paragraph follows the pattern of topic sentence > supporting sentences > concluding sentence. I read a ...
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How are suspected persons referred to in news articles?

In the Netherlands, convicts and persons of interest in relations to a crime have their last names truncated in published news articles – for example "John D." – but I know that this is not the case ...
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Finding a cause when you already have the effect?

In the story for a graphic novel Im working on my protagonist is cursed by a witch (or other magic wielding person) to wake up in a new place/time every day due to a wrongdoing on his part. I want ...
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I am writing about examples of contemporary stereotyping of Native Americans, but what are more contemporary examples in movies and shows? [closed]

I am currently researching how stereotypes of Native Americans are still propagated in films today in the 21st century, just as they are in things like sports mascots and food brands, but I am having ...
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Moving away from a gender-based analysis

I'm writing a short essay on gender undercurrents of conversations, i.e. how do different people approach communication and problem-solving in their relationships. One way to phrase this is in terms ...
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How long should a memoir be?

I am writing my first memoir about my life as a christian and how affected I was by it as an empath and how I came to desire leaving it. Is there a minimum length for memoirs? I cannot estimate at ...
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Info for use of Wikipedia articles

Can I use Wikipedia articles (under creative commons) to write a book and sell it? I read the rules for using Wikipedia articles but I am still not sure I properly understand it. I want to write a ...
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Coincidence of Similarity in Writing

I am a blogger and sometimes I find articles with similar content or an idea coincidentally similar as mine which is not published at the time of reading that similar article but which I have written ...
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Writing what my family may not want to read

I am going through a difficult time in my life and, as a keen amateur writer I’m seriously considering writing about my experience. My motivation is two fold, firstly I believe it will help me, but ...
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What are typical response rates to non-fiction queries?

I've begun sending out queries to agents for my recently completed non-fiction manuscript. A decade ago, I sent out queries frequently, for children's books, directly to publishers. After a while, ...
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Should I be leary of “How To” books?

Have any of the successfully published writers here found the various best selling "How To" books dangerous, in that they guide aspiring writers into producing cookie cutter works? I'm currently ...
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How to expand my vocabulary?

I wanted to write something for a long time. But what I think is, in writing the choice of words plays a very significant role. From where I can learn this thing? I think I don't have enough words in ...
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Should I create a fictional college if students go missing in my script?

I’m writing a fictional drama/crime/mystery sceenplay. In my script, college kids go missing from a REAL University. I like the realism and academic profile of an actual University, but would this ...
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Does defending one position strongly a way to get a high mark for a GRE issue response for the writing section? [closed]

Just like there are techniques for studying standard critical writing I wanted to ask about this one. From advice I've read heard online for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=...
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Memoir on a coveted experience, has no conflict! What should i do?

I am writing about my experience at place X-- a place that is coveted by many people, a dream come true of sorts! Problem is: There is no conflict in my experience -- just a description of what a ...
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I have written an elegy, how to describe subjects in detail? [closed]

I have written a long elegy in rhyming scheme. It has many subjects. How can I introduce characters (subjects in elegy) in detail to readers, before they start reading elegy? Are there conventions for ...
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how to write a rant? [closed]

Rants and ranters are numerous and pretty damn popular, so I'd just like to ask about a formula or general tips for writing them, without making my readers rage.
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Should all books have page numbers?

I am interested in whether there are any compelling reasons why print books should always have page numbers. In particular, I am thinking of books comprising many elements that are each typically ...
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How can we find the mentor for publishing our book?

We have finished our nonfiction, self-help book draft. We require finding a mentor for improving the book structure and publishing and marketing. How can we find a mentor (not proofreader)? Is there ...
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Is it eccentric to address the reader in non-fiction writing?

I have observed that I often address the reader in my essays to lay down a point. To give you an example, I'll write: You can utilize every productivity hack that's out there, and still be back ...
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Finding beta-readers for science | religion non-fiction

My question is similar to one asked previously. I'm writing non-fiction, topics on the intersection between science and religion--quantum mechanics, cosmology, evolution. I've published ebooks on ...
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How to interleave a story with context and introspection?

Is it possible to interleave a story with some context and with the first persons thoughts and feelings without distracting, confusing or boring the reader? Content wise, i think the essay-ish piece ...
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How do I find a co-author while protecting my rights?

I’ve compiled material for a book about the economic system for laypeople who consider economics to be a difficult and boring subject. The book describes economic concepts in easy to understand ...
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How do I number chapter pages in scrivener?

I do not want numbered lists, I want to number each page of my text. How do I achieve this?
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Examples of books advocating for political/educational reform?

I've had an idea in my head for a while to write a book advocating for political and educational reform in Canada, but I'm unsure whether or not it's even worthwhile to proceed because: I don't know ...
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Commonly accepted term for ways to present book content?

Without regard to genre, is there a commonly accepted term for the various ways that book content can be presented? For instance, consider the following (an incomplete list): Dialogue Diaries ...
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Is a dramatization of a true story classified as fiction or nonfiction?

I am writing a short story which is a dramatization of a true story. When I classify it, should I tag it as fiction or nonfiction?
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Is it a good idea to write a non fictional incident from a first person perspective

I want to write about a historical incident. So, to make it more appealing to the reader, I want to write it from a first person perspective. The concerned person is an important part of the incident. ...
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Start writing literature without reading experience [closed]

I am a person who has neither read many literary works nor speaks English as a native language. For a while now, I have become interested in writing and would like to get better on it. Therefore, I ...
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Can I publish a book anonymously to protect the real people my non-fiction book is about?

I'm in the process of writing a life story/non-fiction book that has numerous real life issues and me being real and raw and truthful with what I have dealt with in my own life. I don't want to ...
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Get an agent for prescriptive non-fiction before or after completing a manuscript?

In the publishing industry, is it usual for authors to have a complete prescriptive non-fiction manuscript before seeking an agent, or after seeking an agent? I am a professor interested in writing a ...
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Should I write 3 separate autobiographies?

I have started writing my autobiography. I am going to describe 3 very important life events. Now, should I write about all three life events in one book or should I write them separately?
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Cite letter and article separately even though both are on the same webpage?

I am writing a formal research paper (for a competition called National History Day), using the Chicago citation style. I am using as a source this article. I would like to quote/reference the letter ...
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What are effective methods for getting reviews for a non-fiction business book?

I'm writing a non-fiction business book and will self-publish first as an ebook and then as a hardcover. What are effective techniques I can use to have it reviewed in appropriate media, such as The ...
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How can I get reader profiles? [closed]

How can I get a reader profile for a publishing category i.e. criminal justice, social justice?
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Is there a template for how to write a movie summarization?

Is there an official or de facto standard for how to write a movie summarization for an encyclopedia, magazine, newspaper or other kind of media? For instance, are there widespread templates, ...