8 Tips for Creative Nonfiction Writers

CREATIVE NONFICTION‘Creative non-fiction’ is defined by Lee Gutkind–founder of Creative Non-fiction Magazine–as “true stories well told.”

The words “creative” and “nonfiction” describe the form. The word “creative” refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner. The goal is to make nonfiction stories read like fiction so that your readers are as enthralled by fact as they are by fantasy.

To write creative nonfiction, you take the facts and tell them accurately, but add ‘educated guesses’ and logical extrapolation as to what the dialogue would have been (who really was there when Washington crossed the Delaware), setting (if you’re writing about a man lost in the Alaskan wilderness, that area arguably has not evolved since your character survived there), drama of the situation (those details are lost to…

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