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Wednesday, 9 October 2013
The Artist Unleashed: THE ADVANTAGES OF NONFICTION, by L. Diane Wolfe
“I'm using my art to comment on what I see. You don't have to agree with it.” ~John Mellencamp
“Allowing an unimportant mistake to pass without comment is a wonderful social grace” ~Judith S. Marin
“I don't ever try to make a serious social comment.” ~Paul McCartney
“I'd make a comment at a meeting and nobody would even acknowledge me. Then some man would say the same thing and they'd all nod.” ~Charlotte Bunch
“Probably what my comment meant was that I don't care about the circumstances if I can tell the truth.” ~Sally Kirkland
“We're not going to pay attention to the silliness and the petty comments. And quite frankly, women have joined me in this effort, and so it's not about appearances. It's about effectiveness.” ~Katherine Harris
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You've made some great points, Diane. I've thought about writing nonfiction for a while....this was going to be the year, actually. Then I got swamped with fiction projects, so non-fic is again on the back burner. But at some point, I really want to give it a go.ReplyDelete
Elizabeth, you could fill a book with tips for mystery writers, that's for sure.ReplyDelete
I've always read my share of nonfiction during my lifetime, but I read nonfiction even more now. Some nonfiction doesn't require a lot of research to write. I'm thinking of memoirs and personal essays. We can all reflect on our lives and share our experiences.ReplyDelete
I wouldn't know what to write. How to blog? I certainly can't write one on how to play guitar!ReplyDelete
Elizabeth, you could write a book on writing that I would buy in a non-second.ReplyDelete
Diane, I've already purchased your nonfiction books and would purchase any others in a nanosecond.
I started out in nonfiction and will probably go back to it after this novel is birthed in the world. I already have an idea...
Umm...I used to write Law Review articles, but NOBODY wants to read those! Not even lawyers!! ;)ReplyDelete
I love to read and write nonfiction and appreciate the creativity of storytelling our truth. Creative nonfiction reaches so far beyond instruction. Thanks for this, Diane.ReplyDelete
Hi, Jess, Hi, L. Diane,ReplyDelete
I never really thought about non-fiction writing, but I do have a bit of knowledge I could share on certain subjects...
I will certainly think about it...
Richard, memoirs are a little different - hard to market unless you're famous.ReplyDelete
Alex, you could definitely write a book on blogging.
Karen, thank you, and if you have an idea, run with it.
Johanna - LOL!
Julie, yes it does.
Michael, you should!
I've never thought about writing a nonfiction book before, probably because I mostly read fiction. I can see how it would be beneficial to a writer's career.ReplyDelete
Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines
Fantastic points! I've considered writing a non-fiction book. I definitely think they're easier to sell than fiction, but I'd have to read a ton more non-fiction before I'd ever feel comfortable writing a non-fiction book.ReplyDelete
I have no idea what I qualify as an expert in. I find nonfiction rather daunting... despite writing it frequently for my blog.ReplyDelete
I do like speaking and wish I had the opportunity to do move of it. I'm not sure I would feel expert in anything enough to write a nonfiction book.ReplyDelete
Cherie, whatever non-fiction you are drawn to, that might be your key to writing one.ReplyDelete
Mary, you are an expert in stars - start there.
Susan, think about your experience. If you enjoy speaking, then a non-fiction book would be so helpful to your career.
Interesting to think about! I have thought about it. Thank you for all the great tips~ReplyDelete
Thank you L. Diane and Jessica!!
Some very great points. And interesting to think about. Thanks L. Diane and Jessica.ReplyDelete
How about a book on tossing dwarves? Seriously, I cannot think of anything I personally would be expert enough at doing to write about it. Alex could certainly write about how to blog.ReplyDelete
Jo, that he could!ReplyDelete
A book that educates is so valuable. Great postReplyDelete
Spoken like the excellent non-fiction author that you are! Really good points. I'm just such a head in the clouds kinda thinker I don't know if I have the discipline to try to make something non-fiction interesting...unless I could tell it in my slightly snarky blog voice...ReplyDelete
Tina @ Life is Good
I've never thought about writing a nonfiction book, but who knows maybe one day an idea will hit me.ReplyDelete
I actually started off writing non-fiction. Just a few articles ranting/raving on various topics.ReplyDelete
At that stage fiction was the furthest thing from my mind.
Hi, Diane & Jessica,ReplyDelete
Lots of insight here Diane. I did the book tour subject for the A-Z and figure I'll put that together at some point in the future.
Tina, non-fiction books need a good voice, too!ReplyDelete
Michelle, you already know how to do it then.
If I ever write a non-fiction it will be a memoir. I've been thinking of doing it. And me is probably the subject I have the most expert knowledge about and that might be a stretch even. You make a good point here.ReplyDelete
A Faraway View
Hi Jess - great guest author here .. Diane has made some really important points here ..ReplyDelete
Non-fiction certainly sells ... excellent post - succinct too ... cheers to you both - Hilary
I love reading non-fiction and when it's well-written it's often more engaging than fiction for me. You've done a bang up job of this, Diane!ReplyDelete
Excellent points, but until I have a nonfiction idea that hijacks my thoughts the way fiction does, I'll rather stick to what I know I'm good at.ReplyDelete
Diane makes a lot of great points. I've often thought of non-fiction. Maybe one of these days I'll go past just thinking.ReplyDelete
Great points, Diane. I especially like the last point. It's so true, to teach means we have to learn the subject we're teaching more thoroughly.ReplyDelete
Great idea. It seems so intimidating though.ReplyDelete
Sales of non-fiction dominate the market, right, Diane? I do write non-fiction, but not as an expert on anything buy myself (creative, autobiographical non-fiction).ReplyDelete
I'm finding this to be true, even in the smallest ways. Thanks Diane, for your insight. Thanks to you too, Jessica, for hosting! :)ReplyDelete
That is so true. I think writers who write both non fiction and fiction gain access to a great market share for sure!ReplyDelete
Thanks Diane. This all makes sense to me, after all I found and initially followed you because you are an expert. (now I think of you as an on-line friend too)ReplyDelete