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.
Go Back in Time
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?
Enlightened by Natalie Goldberg
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.