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Offline AmandaSue

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Ways to write NF like Fiction
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:32 PM »
What are some ways you write your NF to be exciting and interesting like fiction?

The first NF article I wrote came with it's own storyline so that made it easy. The next one didn't have a story line but it involved animals and I was able to describe little scenes and such while also squeezing in all sorts of little facts.  The article I'm getting ready to write next doesn't have much of a storyline. I can do some "put the reader there" description, but the subject isn't as action-oriented as my last one.

So what are some other ways you make your NF read like fiction...or at least more engaging?
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Re: Ways to write NF like Fiction
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013, 02:19 PM »
Amanda,

I'm no expert, but humor and weird/gross facts are always popular with kids. Also, sometimes the quality of your writing/voice can make nonfiction interesting. You might read some of writer Melissa Stewart's posts on her Celebrate Science blog. I took a course with her on Creative Nonfiction and found it very useful. Here's the link:

http://celebratescience.blogspot.com/

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Re: Ways to write NF like Fiction
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2013, 02:57 PM »
I often like to write nf as conversational--as if I were speaking directly to a child. This sometimes helps me get that fun and interesting in there.
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Re: Ways to write NF like Fiction
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2013, 02:59 PM »
Most NF has a story -- you might have to dig a little harder to get that unique and interesting narrative thread. But you can focus on the WOW or AMAZING factor to start off. Fiona Bayrock has some good tips: http://www.fionabayrock.com/forwriters.htm

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Re: Ways to write NF like Fiction
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013, 03:48 PM »
Yep, you can ask questions as though you are talking to the reader, use similes, puns, alliteration, onomatopoeia...that;s all I can think of right now.
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Re: Ways to write NF like Fiction
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2013, 04:18 PM »
Thanks guys! Awesome references!
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Re: Ways to write NF like Fiction
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2013, 04:50 PM »
Great thread!
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