Freelance writers need reliable information, but they often lack the resources and organizational skills of a publication's editorial research department. Jeffery Zbar outlines six tips to turning vast stockpiles of otherwise latent research data into powerful snippets for your stories or leads for future pieces.
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You may feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, with no compelling nonfiction topics to write about nearby. Marcia Yudkin, author of Writing About the World Around You, dispells that notion, and gives tips for researching the interesting ideas that surround you.
Whether fountain or felt-tip, your words are worth the added flair of a perfect pen.
In our era of exclamation points, sometimes nothing works better than a whisper.
Condense and time the delivery of a character's history to intensify your reader's interest in your nonfiction story.
Ian Frazier, author of On the Rez, says the Native American ethos has long appealed to him, and what's wrong with that?
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Beryl Bainbridge is the author of such historical novels as Master Georgie and Every Man for Himself (about the Titanic). She has an intriguing way of researching, and of feeding her imagination.
Living the dream in Bogota.
Finding the right word can help strengthen your manuscript while adding your own voice and personal style to the piece.
A writer makes the most of her grand prize from WD's Annual Writing Competition as she hits New York City for back-to-back agent meetings. Was it worth the trip? Come along and find out.
Kathleen Gasperini, producer and editor of W.i.g. (Women in General), talks about her career.
Historians hold Mary Chesnut's account of the Civil War as essential to understanding our past. Here's why.
Nonfiction writers give us their techniques and advice for writing.
Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Horwitz talks about America's obsession with the Civil War and how he finds great stories by taking chances.
Web logs are the new online journaling craze. Get on board the buzz with this guide on how to blog!
You can break into the high-paying business market if you know where to look and how to sell your skills.
What do you do when you have more information than your allotted word count can handle? David Fryxell, the editorial director of Writer's Digest, tackles the problem of information overload. Here five tips to help lighten your load.
The recent tough times in the media marketplace can mean opportunities for freelancers who can go with the flow.
Caroline Alexander's nonfiction bestsellers are as gripping as any novel. The secret: Let the research carry you away.
There is a popular misconception among many nonfiction writers that leading off an article or story with a quote is a cliched technique. David Fryxell, however, disagrees.
Author Greg Daugherty provides insights into interview preparation for nonfiction writers.
Freelance copywriter has winning Web site