Nonfiction Writing Tips
These nonfiction writing tips will help you reach out and touch your audience!
1. How can I Add Angle to a Nonfiction Article?
Before sitting down to write any piece of fiction, you should be sure that you have an angle. Whether it is a news story for a local paper, an article to be sold online, or any nonfiction piece that you will be selling to a publisher, your article should represent a strong voice. Now this doesn't have to read like a testimonial. There are ways to make your article appeal to the reader without using first person.
2. How can I add an angle to my article without using first person?
A good way to do this is to think in the third person frame of mind. First of all, refer to yourself in the article as "we" helps. Just replace I with we. It is amazing how a simple switch of pronouns comes off so clean and professional. Observe this comparison:
a. I always am looking for new ways to incorporate an angle into my articles.
b. We writers are always looking for new ways to incorporate an angle into our articles.
· Notice that the latter sentence just sounds cleaner and crisper- much more professional!
3. Can I use first person in some cases?
· Yes, you can use this when you ask questions like presented in this article.
· NOTE: Try to use first person pronouns very sparingly.
· Avoid the use of boorish testimonial writing in nonfiction
4. How can I use persuasive techniques without sounding preachy?
This is the key to adding an angle, but it is also the difficult part, too. You must persuade your reader without them being conscious of it.
· You do this by getting them interested in the topic or by involving them in the article.
· Some authors of nonfiction pieces use "we" for that very reason. This makes the reader feel like part of a team.
· Other authors choose to drive their readers to change or right some wrong that plagues the world. These authors challenge the reader to make a change in him or herself, prodding them into action. Without the reader even realizing, many times they are absorbed quickly into the article.
5. What is another way to involve the reader in my article?
· Try to ask questions that your reader may also be having.
· Use examples of real life instances to touch your readers. An example of this would be a story about a writer who never was a success until he or she learned the value of adding angle to an article. You might want to give examples of the writer's first attempts that were considered very boring and read like textbook or encyclopedia.
· You can use the name of famous people also to move your readers, connecting them with your message.
6. How should I begin my article for the best possibility of my angle touching the reader?
· Many writers often start off with a question.
· Other writers like to make a very bold statement, provoking the reader to think about the subject of the article.
· Some writers also like to begin with a quote. In this case, perhaps a quote from Longfellow or Poe about writing.
7. How should I end my article?
· End the same way as you began it. Think of the article as a funnel. You start out broad and finish up very narrow. If you started with a quote, finish with a comment on the quote.
· If you started with a bold statement, end with a reiteration of the statement or some comment about it.
· When you begin with a question, it is good to mention that you hope all of the reader's questions were answered by your article. Often you can give additional options for more information like libraries online, books, ETC.
8. What should I check my article for when proofreading for the effectiveness of my angle?
· Of course, check for the use of first person passages.
· Also look to see if you used third person effectively.
· Read the article as if it were not your own.
· Ask yourself if the article would move you.
I hope that by reading this article many of your questions were answered and that you are now able to add an angle or slant to your article with much more ease. If you need additional help with adding an angle to your article, many writers find the use of Internet search engines and their local libraries very helpful. Also trade magazines and papers aimed at writers are a great place for writing tips. When you search, look for writing tips or advice. Good luck with all of your endeavors!