At some point in university, I read Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species. It was lyrical and riveting. Yes, you read that right. I’m talking about a scientific text published in 1859 … and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was not what I’d call a cure for insomnia like so many of the dry, nonfiction texts I read throughout my school years. Have you ever wondered why history textbooks, so full of adventure, misfortune and the ideals on which countries were founded, tend to be written in fairly unimaginative language? Me, too. Well, I don’t have the answer. I do know, however, that it’s entirely possible to write about facts in an exciting style. There’s a reason why we enjoy reading fiction so much. So, in the interest of readability, I’ve pulled together five tips to help you make your nonfiction writing more engaging. Continue reading “5 Creative Nonfiction Writing Tips”→
Have you ever asked yourself why you’re compelled to write? What is it that makes you string words together into sentences, paragraphs, pages, whether it’s fiction, newspaper copy or a blog? I’d argue that you (and I) do it because, despite the popularity of video, writing is the dominant method of communication today. Continue reading “Writing as an Act of Rebellion”→
As writers, we’re focused on finding the right words that accurately convey the meaning and intent of our thoughts. We check for correct spelling and appropriate sentence and paragraph structure to ensure that there’s nothing on the page that might put the reader off. We try our best to draw readers into the story – whether fiction or nonfiction – until it plays like a movie in their heads.
“I have a Master’s Degree in Folklore and Mythology.”
Comic Book Guy, The Simpsons. “Three Men and a Comic Book” Image courtesy of Simpson Crazy
I nearly choked when I heard Comic Book Guy utter that gem to Bart. My husband had a good laugh at my expense, too. You see, I have very similar degrees: BA & MA Humanities (focus on cultural anthropology, especially folklore). I think, though, that in this digital age, Comic Book Guy may have the last laugh. Folklore is alive and well and providing a way to connect with the people and world around us. Continue reading “Folkstories in the Digital Age”→