Help! I need to brainstorm with my peeps (all of you) about the challenges of non-fiction and/or fiction writing. Even if you're a blogger with no aspirations toward authorship, you face difficulties making your posts grab a reader's attention.
Please share your most troublesome task. Below is a list of possibilities, but feel free to add your thoughts.
2. Finding blog/article/book ideas
3. Writing a proposal
4. Social media
5. The publishing industry
6. How to write a devotional
7. How to write a personal interest story
Let's have some fun with this in the comments. I'll be giving a short talk at a local ACFW Chapter on June 7th regarding non-fiction tips and editing. If any of you live in the Bethlehem, PA area, email me or use the contact form on this site for details.
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The publishing industry for sure. After 10 years I still don't understand the ins and outs... maybe it's me :)
Susan: My main tussle is in titling my blog posts and my columns. I want something that 1.)reflects something about the piece and 2.)causes the reader to want to read the piece.
Sounds like fun. Wish I could join you there. I'm sure you will do great!
Hi Marja - You're not alone! This industry changes in a blink but makes a snail look fast when it comes to publication.
Hi Quiet Spirit - I discovered that using fiction techniques in my non-fiction writing helped engage readers.
Hi Diane - It would be a LONG trip for you unless you took a mini vacation. :)
Suze: That's a great list! I'd say my #1 largest challenge is writing book proposals. I want my spunky writing style to shine through, but there are so many elements in a proposal that don't lend themselves well to sparklers and color. Plus, it's a tedious task to my creative brain.
I just break down each element and conquer them one at a time, slogging through to the end. Sometimes that's the best way to get through a challenge: break it down and take baby steps.
Wish I could hear you speak on June 7th!
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