YOUR NONFICTION IS SHOWING: What Nonfiction Writers Should Learn—Or Unlearn—to Write Good Fiction – by Paula Munier…

on Career Authors:

If you write nonfiction by day—news stories, blog posts, law briefs, sales copy, collateral, tech writing, etc.—then making the transition from nonfiction to fiction holds some special challenges. As an agent, editor, and writing instructor, I teach a lot of aspiring novelists—and I can almost always spot the nonfiction writers among them.

When you write nonfiction as part of your day job but you’re writing a novel by night, your early efforts at fiction may fall short because “your nonfiction is showing.” In other words, your prose reads more—or at least partly—like nonfiction than it does fiction.

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4 thoughts on “YOUR NONFICTION IS SHOWING: What Nonfiction Writers Should Learn—Or Unlearn—to Write Good Fiction – by Paula Munier…

  1. I totally agree! Also, as a reader, I have come across historical fiction that reads like an academia paper! That said, there are readers prefer that style. I’m not one of them. When it comes to fiction work, I want to entertained, not feel like I’m reading sources for a research paper.

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