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Writing Non-fiction - Book Writing 2

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Writing is fun, when you get the hang of it. In these tutorials, I will show you how to awaken your writing skills that you have allowed too much rest. Before you engage with this tutorial, revisit Book Writing 1 , the first writing tutorial. Also, scavenge in the writing toolkit for other relevant information to guide you on your writing journey. In this tutorial we will focus on writing non-fiction. We will look at types of non-fiction and word count, as well as an outline for a non-fiction book.  At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to write an outline for your first non-fiction book. Writing Non-fiction - What is non-fiction prose? The Encyclopedia Britannica gives us a good place to start. It says that non-fiction prose is “ any literary work that is based mainly on fact, even though it may contain fictional elements”. It is writing that is “ intended to instruct, to persuade, to convert, or to convey experience or reality through “factual” or spiritual revelation

Book Writing Tutorial 1

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Welcome to Book Writing Tutorial 1.  Writing a book is hard work. Among other things, it involves writing, throwing much of that writing on the cutting floor, doing that over and over until you eventually capture the essence of your thoughts on your subject matter. You know this but you still want to try. Wonderful! Let’s get started. However, before you start the writing process you must do the following: 1. Clear your mind of worry about your writing. Don’t worry that what you write won’t be as good as another writer’s product. ‘Good’ is relative. What makes each writer’s work stand out are the personal assets that she/he brings to the project – personality traits, experiences, theories about the world and so on. Every writer has her/his set of assets that sets her/him apart from other writers. We learn this from the works that writers produce, works that evoke specific emotions in us; works that take us on journeys that we don’t want to end. So, don’t worry that your work won’t b

Short Story Writing Competition 2020 | Closed until 2021

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The Commonwealth Short Story Writing  Competition 2021 is now open. If you are a writer with dreams of seeing how your story writing skills stack up against the competition, this competition is for you. There is still time to complete write a short story using 2,000-5000 words before the deadline.  The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2021 opened in late August and will close on November 1, 2020. If you are a ‘citizen’ of the Commonwealth – former British colonies..., you are eligible to enter. Your submission should be an unpublished piece, and may be done in one of the approved languages, so start writing. Regional winners as well as an overall winner will get cash prizes. Learn more about the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2021 on this  website .  Why am I urging you to enter? I entered the 2019 competition when I stumbled upon the advertisement. I did not win any of the prizes offered by the competition but I won affirmation that I could do anything I set my mind to do. I took two