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PASSIVE VOICE IN NONFICTION

4 Big Reasons to Use Passive Voice When You Write Nonfiction

Could you use the passive voice when you write nonfiction?Ah, yes, the passive voice. The bane of every editor's existence. The thing that makes writing coaches shudder. But why is this? Why do writers

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WRITE MEMOIR

How to Be Authentic and Gentle When You Write Memoir

It takes an enormous amount of courage to write memoir, especially one that deals with a difficult time in a writer’s life.  As personal and sometimes painful memories take shape on the page,

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nonfiction dialogue

Getting Nonfiction Dialogue Wrong: 8 Bad Mistakes to Avoid

Learning to write nonfiction dialogue is a must. It adds life and colour to the text, helps to move the narrative forward, and tells us more about the characters. However, bad dialogue, and bad use

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DEFINITION OF SUCCESS

What’s Your Definition of Success As An Author?

Why do you write?  What do you hope to achieve?  What, in short, is your definition of success as an author?The last question confronted me recently when a fellow writer, who I met online

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Co-author a book

How to Co-author a Book and Protect Your Relationship

When you co-author a book, you may find it easier to get to the finish line and self-publish. You share the workload, talents, and areas of expertise. Sounds great, right? However, everyone has a different

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Dialogue in Nonfiction

The Terrible & Terrific Truth About Using Dialogue in Nonfiction

If you're like many writers, you may be reluctant to use dialogue in nonfiction. After all, nonfiction is telling the story of what really happened. How can you know what was said if you weren’t there?

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Why Write A Book

You Can Absolutely Write a Book. You Need to Know Why First.

Why write a book?Good question. That is, if you are thinking of trying to write one.Most folks think they have a book inside them, even if it’s buried deep. “I could write a book!” I agree; everyone

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Author Coach

What is an Author Coach and Why Do You Need One?

There are nutrition coaches. Leadership coaches. Career coaches. Life coaches. Have you noticed how the people who tend to work with coaches always seem so... together? And you wonder why they, of all

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narrative plot structure

How to Create A Narrative Plot Structure for Nonfiction

Creating a narrative plot structure is key to delivering a good nonfiction read. Rather thatn reciting fact after fact, you need to tell a good story.

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Love You Forever

How “Love You Forever” Came to Life: Gayle Eastman Author Guest Post

My journey from grief to acceptance of my child’s transition as a transgender adult is unique because my friend/co-author, MaryRose, had also been through it with her FTM son. ‘Love You Forever’

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