December 25th, 2013

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Writing excuses 8.51: Creative non-fiction with Mette Ivie Harrison

Writing excuses 8.51: Creative non-fiction with Mette Ivie Harrison

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/12/22/writing-excuses-8-51-creative-non-fiction-with-mette-ivie-harrison/

Key points: Creative nonfiction, also known as literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction, is basically nonfiction writing that uses literary techniques. Both fiction and nonfiction try to elicit emotions. Creative nonfiction often takes normal things about everyday life and makes them feel magical, evoke a sense of wonder. To describe something normal in wondrous ways without straying into purple prose, use the right word, selected details. Many readers want to feel transported to a different world, but it doesn't have to be a fantasy world. If you are writing creative nonfiction, you need to think hard about embellishment, exaggeration, and fabrication.
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[Brandon] But I'm going to give a writing prompt to you guys. It's a very obvious one. But many of you listening may never have tried this before. So I would suggest trying to take something everyday ordinary in your life that might be extraordinary to people who are not living your life. Describe it using literary techniques. See how that helps improve your fiction. All right. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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